New Glarus Brewing Co. will consolidate its beer bottling operations in Wisconsin at the Ardagh glass manufacturing facility in Burlington, the companies have announced.
Previously, all of New Glarus beer brands were bottled outside Wisconsin.
“New Glarus Brewing Company is a proud supporter of Wisconsin manufacturing,” said Deb Carey, the company’s president. “We’re excited to bring this important manufacturing business home to Wisconsin.”
Ardagh Group recently marked its 50th anniversary in Burlington. The Burlington facility has about 390 employees and operates seven days a week, 365 days a year, producing 1.9 million containers a day – or 22 bottles per second.
“Ardagh Group has a long history of serving the craft beer industry,” said Alex Robertson, chief commercial officer of Ardagh Group’s North American Glass division. “We value our relationship with New Glarus Brewing, and are proud they choose to package their craft beer in bottles manufactured at our Burlington facility, just a mere 90 miles away from their brewery.”
Founded in 1993 by Deb Carey and her husband Dan, New Glarus has made the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies 10 years in a row and, as of 2015, is the 20th largest craft brewery in the country. The company employs 120 people, all in Wisconsin. All of this has been accomplished while selling beer only in Wisconsin.
Ardagh Group is a global leader in glass and metal packaging solutions, producing packaging for most of the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer care brands. It operates 110 facilities in 22 countries, employs more than 23,000 people and have global sales exceeding $8.8 billion.