Anheuser-Busch today announced a $170 million expansion project at its Metal Container Corporation (MCC) facility in Jacksonville. As part of the company’s plan to increase production of the popular Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles, the project will create approximately 75 new jobs at the facility.
“We are pleased to maintain such strong partnerships with the city of Jacksonville and state of Florida, where we’ve proudly brewed beers, produced packaging and done business for nearly 50 years,” said Pete Kraemer, Vice President of Supply at Anheuser-Busch. “The growing demand for our Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles has helped drive growth and development in Jacksonville. We appreciate the support of our partners in Florida and thank our employees for their dedication.”
Anheuser-Busch first began producing the aluminum bottles in 2013. Jacksonville will be the second MCC facility to produce them. Anheuser-Busch has also operated a brewery in Jacksonville since 1969.
“Our employees, local leaders and the Jacksonville community have helped make this facility successful,” said Bryan Sullivan, Jacksonville plant manager, Metal Container Corporation. “Selecting Jacksonville as the next site for aluminum bottle production is a tremendous opportunity for our employees and local community as we increase production and add sustainable local jobs.”
The facility expansion is made possible through an incentive program in collaboration with the state of Florida and city of Jacksonville.
Metal Container Corporation, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, operates seven facilities in the U.S. The operation also produces cans and lids for major U.S. soft drink companies, including PepsiCo. and Monster Beverage Corporation.