With many concerns about the current state of one of the biggest employers in the community, Lee Wilder, Executive Director of the GBCC, contacted Plant Manager Steve McCormick and asked if he would consider speaking at a chamber luncheon to update chamber members.
McCormick was more than happy to oblige and was joined by Brewmaster, Mark Yocum.
"If you have never been to our brewery, you missed a unique opportunity. Besides the tour, beer tasting and a wonderful lunch prepared by Pucello's Restaurant at Foxfire, it was a most informative presentation about where the brewery stands in our community," Wilder said.
The Anheuser-Busch Baldwinsville brewery opened its doors in 1983 and currently employs more than 1,000 people. Through its corporate foundation and community outreach effort, it has contributed more than $2.1 million over the past decade to local organizations. Anheuser-Busch, Inc. has long used the slogan "Making Friends is our Business" and it extends that belief to the communities in which it does business and where its employees live and work.
McCormick proudly boasted of our Baldwinsville brewery being very efficient, profitable and, although there have been some cut-backs, lay-offs and some repositioning; every indication is its future is bright. GBCC members asked several questions concerning tax issues facing the brewery.
McCormick stated he is "no tax expert and they are not trying to get out of paying taxes, they just need to get them more in line with other comparable companies' taxes."
Anheuser-Busch has been under stress with the uncertainty of the InBev situation, but the beer industry remains steady. Even though the economy is not in good shape, this situation can make it more difficult for industry to support the community as it has in the past. Despite this, McCormick presented GBCC President, Lori Diver and Executive Director, Lee Wilder with a check for $8,000 on behalf of Anheuser-Busch Corporate Foundation to confirm their continued support in our community.
"Baldwinsville's favorite Anheuser-Busch slogan: 'Born in Baldwinsville, Raised Around the World' sure gives us something to be proud of," Wilder said. "Thank you to everyone at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. for all you do in our community and throughout the world."
Plant Manager Steve McCormick awarded the Greater Baldwinsville Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) with a check for $8,000 during a chamber luncheon recently. Pictured (from left) are Lori Diver (president of GBCC), Mark Yocum (Brew Master), Steve McCormick (Sr. Plant Manager) and Lee Wilder (Executive Director of GBCC). Checks for Big Chill charities will be presented during the April chamber luncheon.