Craft beer boom means expansion for Norland International
KRISTIN STREFF / Lincoln Journal Star Norland International technician Randee Horton works on a part while assembling a canning line for Blue Blood Brewing Company Monday on the production floor. Norland International made the decision to get into the beer-making equipment business a little over two years ago — and it’s a decision that has paid off big time.
The Lincoln company that built its reputation on bottled water is getting ready for a big expansion thanks to growth in the craft brewing industry.
Norland plans to break ground in a few weeks on a more than $2 million expansion that will add 27,500 square feet of manufacturing capacity to its plant at 2001 S.W. Sixth St.
"We’ve just outgrown our current facility," said Mike McFarland, the company’s president and one of its founders. Norland moved to its current location in 2004.
McFarland said to-date sales in the company’s current fiscal year, which ends June 30, are up 60 percent, and it has grown its workforce from 48 to 80 in the past year.Some of the growth has […]