Anheuser-Busch Doubles Down on Aluminum Bottles

Brewer invests $150 million to expand its Metal Container Corp. facility

Bud light aluminum bottle

ST. LOUIS -- Anheuser-Busch announced a $150-million expansion project at its Metal Container Corp. facility in Arnold, Mo., as part of the company’s plan to increase production of the popular Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles. The project will create approximately 70 new jobs at the facility and double the company’s aluminum-bottle capacity in the United States.

“The Budweiser and Bud Light aluminum bottles are great additions to our product line-up, and what drives our business also can help drive growth and development in this area," said Luiz Edmond, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “We thank the workers here and the city [of Arnold] for its support as we work to please beer drinkers across the country with this phenomenal new package.”

The facility expansion is made possible through an incentive program in collaboration with the City of Arnold and Jefferson County.

In 2013, Anheuser-Busch completed a $130-million project at the Arnold facility that added aluminum bottle production capabilities. The new investment is a second phase in expanding production of the popular aluminum bottle and reflects Anheuser-Busch’s focus on strategic investments in its operations.

“Expanding our ability to make popular and innovative packaging options like the aluminum bottle increases the competitiveness of our facility and creates sustainable local jobs,” said Cheryl Rogers, Arnold plant manager, Metal Container Corp.

Metal Container Corp., 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 Corp.