While the Sault Ste. Marie plant sold earlier this year may be used to house a new brewery, the Sudbury location is being stripped of its brewing equipment, and will be put to another use.
Northern Breweries was once a co-operative of five breweries throughout northern Ontario, but only the Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie locations were operational during an attempt to revive the brand under new owners in 2004. By 2006, when the company went bankrupt, the Sudbury plant had been mothballed in favour of brewing all products in Sault Ste. Marie.
A Toronto-based numbered company bought the Sudbury plant in 2007 and paid off all outstanding property taxes, but left the building unused until last month’s resale. It’s unclear at this point what the ultimate use of the property will be.