LEWISTON, Maine — A big expansion at a Lewiston bottling plant will mean at least 30 new full-time jobs, company officials said.

The $1 million expansion at the Boston Brands of Maine facility was announced Saturday morning.

Boston Brands, owned by Sazerac Co., currently employs 130 people. A statement from the company said the new jobs will pay from $16 to $18 an hour.

“Sazerac moved into the Lewiston plant in 2013 when another bottler decided to leave the state. That has turned out to be an excellent decision, and we are now happy to be expanding and investing further in Maine’s economy,” Sazerac’s Gerry Reid said.

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Several officials, including U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin, attended the announcement and praised the company for investing in the city.

“I am thrilled that we have an American company that does business globally choosing to invest right here in Lewiston, Maine. Sazerac provides good jobs for Mainers, and is the type of company we want to see locating in and expanding here in our state. This expansion is beneficial for Lewiston and beneficial for Maine,” Poliquin said.

Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors said, “It’s gives encouragement to other business and companies who are saying, you know there is an investment here. They’re believing in the area and the state. That’s infectious, that’s good news.”

Sazerac is known for its Fireball brand whiskey. Sazerac is also involved in the local community, supporting several local organizations and encouraging community involvement with the Eagle Rare Life Award.

Ruth Libby, founder of Ruth’s Reusable Resources in Portland, was a 2017 recipient of this national award.

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