A long-established Lancashire firm has created 19 new jobs with the opening of its new bottling plant.
Cask and keg refurbishment specialists Morrow Brothers, based at Walton Summit, near Preston, was formed in 1969.
Now it has opened a near £1m bottling plant at a site in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley.
The new plant is creating 19 new jobs and bosses hope to see more added in the coming years.
The firm, which has its base at Walton Summit, will serve hundreds of micro-breweries across the whole of the United Kingdom.
Because of the size of micro-breweries, many do not have the volume of beer to invest in their own bottling plant.
Gerard Crompton, managing director of Morrow Brothers, said: “We are in the ideal location in the centre of the North West with brilliant transport links providing easy access to all of our customers.
“The micro-breweries don’t have the volume of beer to warrant investing in their own bottling plants, but collectively, a significant volume of business can be achieved and the line is capable of bottling 1,000 litres per hour.”
The firm has received a £23,750 grant towards the purchasing of the new bottling equipment from Chorley Council.
Morrow Brothers has also received significant help from HSBC.
The company has been at the forefront of brewery container repair and refurbishment for the past 40 years.
And Mr Crompton has outlined big plans for the future.
He added: “Going forward I’d like to add kegging for pubs to the business. And we also want to create a bar on the village, but at the moment, we’ve set up a bottling plant and we need to concentrate on that.”
Leader of Chorley council, Alistair Bradley, said “Attracting new businesses like this into the borough is an important part of the work we are doing to put Chorley on the map and create new jobs for local people.”
In 1969 Alan and David Morrow started the British keg and cask repair company.
In 1988 Morrow Brothers started selling new stainless steel kegs and became market leaders in the UK.