Anheuser-Busch to close Mt. Vernon, IL facility

By Heartland News & AP

MT. VERNON, IL (KFVS) - In a cost-cutting measure, St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch will close its warehouse in Mount Vernon, costing about 80 jobs.

Dan Hoffmann is vice president of Brand Creative Services for the St. Louis-based brewing giant. He said Wednesday that the Mount Vernon plant needs "significant" infrastructure upgrades, requiring a "substantial investment." He says the change will prevent the expense.
The Jefferson County Development Corporation estimates about 80 people work at the facility. Hoffmann says the company will offer all affected employees severance packages.
Belgium-based InBev bought Anheuser-Busch in November. In December the company said it would cut 1,400 U.S. jobs to help save at least $1.5 billion a year.
Below is the press statement from Anheuser-Busch.

For attribution to:
Dan Hoffmann
Vice President, Brand Creative Services

After an extensive review of our business model that began more than a year ago, we have decided to contract with third-party vendors to manage our Direct Premium and Point-of-Sale Fulfillment business areas.  Before this decision, we had identified a need to make significant infrastructure upgrades that would have required a substantial investment.  This change will help us continue to provide excellent service to our customers and wholesalers without this expense.
Employees in Mount Vernon and St. Louis will be impacted, and we have notified them.  All affected employees will be offered a severance package.
As a result of these changes, we expect to close our Mount Vernon operations later this year.  We are in touch with local leaders and are working together with them and interested parties to identify an appropriate use for the facility.

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