Arnold, Mo.— Celebrating another win for Missouri’s advanced manufacturing industry and for one of Missouri’s most iconic home-grown companies, Gov. Jay Nixon joined officials from Anheuser-Busch and its subsidiary, Metal Container Corp. (MCC), to announce the opening of a second aluminum bottle line at its facility in Arnold.
This latest $160 million addition marks the completion of the company’s larger $280 million expansion to increase aluminum bottle production, which has resulted in the creation of 150 new positions over the past three years.
“This latest expansion by a global leader and iconic brand is a testament to the quality, skills and value of Missouri’s working men and women,” Gov. Nixon said. “The State of Missouri is proud to support this expansion that created a significant number of jobs, strengthening the community now and for years to come.”
Today marks the second aluminum expansion for the company in recent years. In 2013, the company broke ground on the facility’s first-ever aluminum bottle line, adding more than 100,000 sq. ft. to the plant and increasing its workforce by nearly 80 positions. An increase in product demand drove the need for the company to add a second aluminum bottle line and more than 70 employees.
With these two bottling lines, the company has doubled the size of its plant totaling more than 480,000 sq. ft. as well as doubled the company’s aluminum production capacity from 1,200 bottles per minute to 2,400 bottles. Since 2013, the company has also doubled the size of its workforce and today employs a staff of 300.
Headquartered in Arnold, just 17 miles from Anheuser-Busch’s brewery in St. Louis, MCC produces more than 45 percent of Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. beer cans and 55 percent of its domestic lids. The new, larger facility is part of the company’s strategic plan to enhance and expand aluminum bottle production at U.S. facilities and reflects the growing demand for these products, specifically for Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles.
“The aluminum bottle brings a modern look and convenient way to enjoy a beer at the ballpark or while cooking out before a game. The new line will allow us to share this phenomenal package with even more Budweiser and Bud Light customers,” said João Castro Neves, Zone President North America and Chief Executive Officer, Anheuser-Busch. “We are proud that this investment has allowed us to add more jobs at our plant in Arnold, and we appreciate the support from Governor Nixon as well as St. Louis and Arnold officials.”
To help the company’s growing workforce prepare for the new aluminum lines, the state provided a grant through the Missouri Works Training program for the training of 165 employees.
Anheuser-Busch has been brewing beer in St. Louis for more than 160 years. The beer company operates 19 local breweries, 17 distributorships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities across the country, representing a capital investment of more than $15.9 billion. St. Louis remains the home of its flagship brewery, which is among the company’s largest and most technologically capable breweries.
To assist with MCC’s expansion, the state has offered a strategic incentive package that the company can access if it meets certain job creation and investment criteria.