Swiss firm Franke Beverage Containers has acquired the beer keg production facilities of Spartanburg Stainless Products and plans to move that capability from South Carolina to Louisiana. When Franke's new manufacturing operation opens in the second quarter of 2007 it will be the only beer keg plant in the United States.
Franke plans to supply the U.S. market with kegs during the interim from its European
production facility in Kreuztal, Germany. This acquisition will give Franke the ability to better serve North American brewers through improved delivery times. As part of the move, Franke also plans to establish a nationwide keg service and maintenance operation.
Franke already has a kitchen sink production facility in Ruston, La.