Baldwinsville Anheuser-Busch will expand operations at its Lysander brewery embarking on a $ 7.6 million project, which will enable the packaging of innovative brands in 24-ounce cans, new to the Baldwinsville brewery.
Additionally, the brewery will increase its production by 30 percent. Most importantly, this project improves the Baldwinsville brewery’s long term vitality.
“This investment not only expands our production, it enhances the long term position of the Baldwinsville Brewery, our more than 400 employees, and our many local partners and suppliers,” said Steve McCormick, general manager. “We are thrilled to have had such great assistance and support for this project from Governor Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy, NY Empire State Development Corp., CenterState CEO, Sen. DeFrancisco, Assemblymen Magnarelli and Barclay, organized labor including: Teamsters Local 1149, the Greater Syracuse Labor Council, and most of all, our employees.”
Earlier this year, an initial project analysis by Anheuser-Busch concluded that installing the special can packaging equipment in the Baldwinsville brewery was not financially attractive. However, working with Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Lieutenant Governor Duffy and CenterState CEO the brewery was able to secure, through Empire State Development, a capital grant of $900,000, which leveraged more than $7 million in additional investment from Anheuser-Busch and solidified the long-term competitive position of the Baldwinsville facility.
“Today we celebrate the strengthening of the partnership between Anheuser-Busch and New York State, the retention of hundreds of good jobs, and a long-term commitment to the Central New York region,” said Robert Duffy, Lieutenant Governor, state of New York. “This is a victory that reinforces Governor Cuomo’s commitment to creating and retaining jobs in every region of our state. It is a clear sign that New York is open for business.”
“Anheuser-Busch has been a part of the greater Syracuse community for more than 30 years,” said Robert Simpson, president, CenterState CEO. “Recognizing this history and the potential economic impact, leaders from across the economic development spectrum worked collaboratively to secure this project. This investment not only supports the brewery’s local operation for the immediate future, but also its ability to thrive long-term as a leader in our business community.”