Tear down of the old Northern Brewery continues today, but what is the fate of the historical smoke stack?
SaultOnline reached out to the city, who said “there’s no record of a historical designation for the property,” meaning the stack will be torn down along with the rest of the building.
Northern Breweries, founded in 1907, began in Sudbury as Sudbury Brewing and Malting Co. It began to expand in 1911, with the purchase of the Soo Falls Brewing Co. here in Sault Ste. Marie, and again in 1913 when Fort William-based Kakabeka Falls Brewing Co. was acquired.
In 1919, the company established its Doran’s Brewery division in Timmins, and it acquired Port Arthur Beverage Co., in Port Arthur, in 1948.
Each of the breweries operated under their original names until 1960, when they were all consolidated under one management, becoming Doran’s Northern Breweries.
The company switched hands between 1971 and 2004, eventually declaring bankruptcy in July of 2006. By this point, the brewery was $7 million in debt. By December of the same year, the company was non-exsistent.
In 2011, the building located here in the Sault was acquired by Renaissance Place Corporation, with hopes of making it a mixed condominium and retail site. These plans, however, were dashed when the building was damaged by arson in 2013.
In 2015, locally-owned company Riversedge Developments purchased the site, but unfortunately many of the original buildings were deemed unsafe and could not be salvaged.