ARNOLD- Local giant Anheuser-Busch announced Thursday a $150 million expansion project at its Metal Container Corporation (MCC) facility in Arnold, Mo.
The project is part of a movement to increase production of the company's popular Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles.
The project is estimated to create 70 new jobs at the facility and double the company's aluminum bottle capacity in the United States.
"As our company invests in a key innovation that is driving our business, we are proud to base it here in our hometown that has a strong local workforce and where we have a great partnership with the City of Arnold and Mayor Counts," said Luiz Edmond, CEO of Anheuser-Busch in a press release Thursday.
The facility expansion will happen thanks to an incentive program in collaboration with the City of Arnold and Jefferson County. The program is designed to encourage business recruitment and expansion and provides incentives for numerous industrial projects.
"I'm pleased that Anheuser Busch has chosen to increase their investment in the Arnold community," said Arnold Mayor Ron Counts in the press release. "This project is another milestone in the partnership between Anheuser-Busch and Arnold which benefits the local and regional economy by creating more good-paying jobs."
The expansion of the popular aluminum bottles making capacity at the plant comes after a $130 million project by Anheuser-Busch in 2013 that initially put the bottles in production at the plant.
"Expanding our ability to make popular and innovative packaging options like the aluminum bottle increases that competitiveness of our facility and creates sustainable local jobs," said Arnold plant manager Cheryl Rogers.
Metal Container Corporation in Arnold, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, is one of seven operating facilities in the U.S. and produces cans and lids for major U.S. soft drink companies as well as producing aluminum bottles for Anheuser-Busch.