N.Y. Brewery Restarts Canning Operations

UTICA, N.Y. (AP) -- Canning operations have resumed at an upstate New York brewery where a fire caused $10 million in damage last year.

New canning machinery was turned on Thursday at the F.X. Matt Brewing Co. in Utica, more than a year after the blaze was accidentally started by two employees working on a welding project.

The fire severely damaged the company's bottling operations, although it didn't affect Matt's brewing facility. Beer brewing resumed five days after the fire on May 29, 2008, and bottling operations resumed a month later.

Matt sent its Utica Club and other brands to High Falls Brewing Co. in Rochester to be canned while its canning operations were rebuilt.

Company official say the new machinery's capacity is about 10,000 to 12,000 cases of cans per day.

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