Italian beer maker will open its first U.S. factory

Italian beer company Suntory Brewing Co. will open a new facility in North Carolina to produce its flagship beer in the state.

The company, which has operations in California, will produce 100,000 barrels of beer a year, said CEO Kevin Trombetta.

The brewery’s expansion is part of the company’s plan to expand to the Southeast in 2018.

The brewery also will start a pilot program to expand production to the region.

Suntory will be headquartered in a former auto parts plant in the city of Mantua in Sicily, where it has been producing beer for decades.

Trombiattes son and namesake, Mario Trombo, founded the company in 1955.