Cornwall-based St Austell Brewery is to invest in its Bath Ales acquisition to support further expansion. Work is under way to build a brewery for Bath Ales as part of a multimillion-pound investment. St Austell Brewery chief executive James Staughton told Business Insider: “The project has been given the green light by the board and is now active. We’ve also got approval for a new bottling line, which will merge with the new brewery. Both should be open in April next year. The brewery is at capacity so investment is needed to take it to the next level. It will give us a platform to reinvigorate the Bath Ales brands and others we’ll create.” Plans are also in place for a new 40,000 square foot distribution centre as St Austell Brewery expands across the south west. Staughton added: “We’re completing on a new Avonmouth distribution centre shortly, moving from a 10,000 square foot site in the area. We’re employing a similar business model to that at our St Austell site. We moved distribution off-site to St Columb, which in turn allowed us to grow the brewing operation. It gives us the infrastructure to support growth for the next decade.” In June, the company was named the UK’s best manufacturer at the Made In The UK Awards 2017, winning the manufacturer of the year (over £25m) category.