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      Bell's Brewery chooses new location for Escanaba expansion

      Officials announced on Friday that Bell's Brewery has selected a new area in Delta County as the possible location of its future brewery.

      Bell's Brewery has selected a five acre parcel on Renaissance Lane in the Delta County Airport's Renaissance Zone. The site will be the future home of a state-of-the-art brewing and bottling facility.

      The brewery was originally considering a plot of land in the Whitetail Industrial Park, but decided that the Renaissance Zone was better suited to their needs.

      The Bell's Brewery, which will be carrying all new products, will be built under the name Upper Hand Brewery. The construction is expected to cost $1.3 million for a 11,550 square foot facility. The Planning Commission will review a plan from Bell's Brewery on August 8.

      The Escanaba location is part of Bell's Brewery's $15 million capital improvement planned by the company. The craft brewing company employs more than 200 people and distributes beer throughout 18 states, Puerto Rico and Washington D.C. The brewery is planning for five employees at the Escanaba brewery.