Columbus, OH – October 14, 2021 – Anheuser-Busch, the country's leading brewer, today announced a $20 million investment at its Columbus brewery. The investment is part of the brewer's announcement made earlier this year to invest $1 billion over two years in the company's facilities to help accelerate the nation's recovery and drive economic prosperity in communities across the U.S.
“We're proud to be a dedicated member of this community since 1968, and this investment epitomizes our deep commitment to Columbus and to the broader beer industry,” said Kyle Topping, General Manager, Anheuser-Busch Columbus brewery. “Our team of nearly 600 people is excited to continue expanding our ability and capacity to brew some of America's most recognizable and beloved brands for consumers across the country.”
The investment will bolster the facility's reputation as a high-quality brewer – increasing and enhancing its brewing and packaging capacity and capabilities. An existing bottle line will be modified to also accommodate can packaging to package beer in both 12oz aluminum cans and in 12oz sleek cans. The upgrades will also help the brewery to meet consumer demand while reducing its overall environmental impact. In addition, already the company's top producer of non-alcoholic brews, the investment in Columbus will also allow the brewer to produce even more of its industry-leading innovations outside of beer.
“Our planned $1 billion investment in our facilities over the next two years is about supporting our local communities by creating and sustaining jobs as our nation recovers and looks forward to growth and prosperity,” said Brendan Whitworth, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “The Columbus brewery plays an important role in enabling our innovations and producing the highest-quality products for our consumers to enjoy. This investment in Columbus and the surrounding community is one way that we are helping to accelerate our overall recovery.”
This investment is part of a larger planned effort spanning 26 states that will expand Anheuser-Busch's U.S. operations, stimulate economies in communities across the country, and enable sustainable innovations. Anheuser-Busch owns and operates more than 120 facilities around the country and employs more than 19,000 hardworking people. The beer industry in the U.S. creates more than 2 million jobs and generates more than $331 billion in economic activity each year.
“The State of Ohio is appreciative of Anheuser-Busch for their longstanding partnership and presence in our state,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine. “Thank you to Anheuser-Busch for your commitment and investment in our community that will continue to positively impact the broader economy for years to come.”
Construction to upgrade the Columbus brewery is currently underway and is expected to be completed later this year. Learn more about Anheuser-Busch's planned investments here.
For more than 160 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a legacy of brewing great-tasting, high-quality beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate more than 120 facilities, including breweries, wholesaler distribution centers, agricultural facilities and packaging plants, and have more than 19,000 colleagues across the United States. We are home to several of America's most recognizable beer brands, including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that provide beer drinkers with a choice of the best-tasting craft beers in the industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to industry-leading sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.