Fraser Valley – After two years of construction and massive tanks meandering through the streets of Chilliwack, the grand opening for the new Molson Coors brewery and plant in Chilliwack is about to become a reality. Ferg Devins with Molson Coors told FVN/chillTV that testing of the equipment, tanks and pumps is finished and the sign has been painted along the side of the building. You can see it from Highway One as you’re passing by the Vedder/Yale turn off.
At the opening ceremony, Molson Coors Canada President and CEO Frederic Landtmeters will be joined by Chairman of the Molson Coors Brewing Company Board – Andrew Molson, Vice Chairman – Pete Coors, board member, Geoff Molson, members of the management team for Molson Coors Canada, local dignitaries and employees. There will also be an unveiling of a special weaving by local artist Frieda George to recognize the heritage of the Sto:Lo people in the area where the brewery has been constructed.
The construction of this new $300M brewery has created 1000 local jobs. Over 75-150 permanent jobs will be at the 36-acre site located along Kerr Avenue in Chilliwack. Construction began in 2016. This brewery will replace the decommissioned plant on Burrard in Vancouver. That site will become, what else..condos.
Molson Coors was well aware of the history of hops in the region and worked hard at finding a way to work with farmers in the region to ensure that local brews would include select local hops.
Local select hops are being sourced from Sartori Farms, Northwest Hops Farms and BC Hops Farms.
As for Devins, He “retired” in 2013, but the Chilliwack unveiling will be the final job before heading back to Ontario and (trying) to retire for good.