Local soda maker expands to beer, saves jobs

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by KMOV.com Staff

KMOV.com

Posted on October 11, 2012 at 10:30 PM

Updated Saturday, Nov 23 at 3:10 AM

BREESE, IL (KMOV.com) - A long time maker of soda is trying its hand at brewing beer.

Excel Bottling has been bottling soda for 76 years. The company is known for both its wide variety of flavors and for being environmentally friendly.

Recently the owners, the Meier family, hired a brewmaster and decided to take a chance in the beer business.

The new product is preventing layoffs and keeping employees optimistic about the future.

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