Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Columbus...

Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Columbus plant

There are 20 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Jul 1, 2009, titled Anheuser-Busch InBev to sell Columbus plant. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

Anheuser-Busch InBev said today that it will sell four U.S. packaging plants to Colorado-based Ball Corp.

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Anti Union

Columbus, OH

#1 Jul 1, 2009
I say let the union money, grubbing, greedy people lose their jobs. That is the problem with all these big companies that were forced into this way of employing people. These people make like $28 to $38 an hour and all they do is complain and figure out ways to abuse FMLA, Workers comp and anything else they can. I think all companies should be able to get rid of all union people and start fresh with people who are grateful to just have a job and earning money!!
ColsMan

Bellevue, OH

#2 Jul 1, 2009
And so it begins...
claw71

United States

#3 Jul 1, 2009
Anti Union wrote:
I say let the union money, grubbing, greedy people lose their jobs. That is the problem with all these big companies that were forced into this way of employing people. These people make like $28 to $38 an hour and all they do is complain and figure out ways to abuse FMLA, Workers comp and anything else they can. I think all companies should be able to get rid of all union people and start fresh with people who are grateful to just have a job and earning money!!
From everything I've ever read AB has had no trouble with its union employees. Unions are great when companies stop trying to fight them and work with their employees as partners. There's enough money for everybody and unions help the lower level workers get a fair share.
claw71

United States

#4 Jul 1, 2009
ColsMan wrote:
And so it begins...
What begins? The exact same thing AB was planning before InBev bought them? The brewery isn't going anywhere. This is a packaging plant and this sale was mentioned when InBev first bought AB. This isn't even news.
John Chambers

Harrisburg, PA

#5 Jul 1, 2009
Well here we go. In Bev was not going to change things or lay off workers when they bought Budwiser. How long do you tink it will be before they start to shut down some of the breweries that Bud owned. Maybe even Columbus. In Bev has no intrest in Bud other than how to make the most money they can from the brand.
Nazis for 1000 Alex

Blacklick, OH

#6 Jul 1, 2009
Ball, the company purchasing the 4 AB packaging plants are offering positions to the 635 AB employees affected by the sale. These people will have the option of becoming Ball employees if they want to!

A word to Chief executive Carlos Brito though, learn to speak American. The business-speak comes out sounding like BS.
Greg

Columbus, OH

#7 Jul 1, 2009
The overseas buyer should have Budweiser alone. Kind of hard to accept that though, American companies have had overseas involvement for years.
Danno From Powell

Columbus, OH

#8 Jul 1, 2009
If the union workers were so peaceful explain to me why when they would go on strike there was such a heavy police presence to include SWAT at the front gate of the plant?

Knowing some of the AB employees the only people who are hired there are friends of employees, they are the one's whose applications make it to the front of the line before anyone else's.

The AB sale was no better than when Rocky Boots left Nelsonville. I threw out anything that had Rocky Boots on it, at least my Red Wing shoes & boots are made in the USA. I refuse to buy AB products and threw out their products as well.

Enough of this gutting of America there isn't a whole lot left to give away.
Nazis for 1000 Alex

Blacklick, OH

#9 Jul 1, 2009
Danno From Powell wrote:
The AB sale was no better than when Rocky Boots left Nelsonville. I threw out anything that had Rocky Boots on it, at least my Red Wing shoes & boots are made in the USA. I refuse to buy AB products and threw out their products as well.
lol Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face. AB and Rocky Boots already had your money. The only one hurt was you for throwing out what you'd already paid for. Too funny!
former employee

Lewis Center, OH

#10 Jul 1, 2009
I hope they offer jobs to the Columbus employees in Columbus - its a great group of hard working people!
23warrior

Galloway, OH

#11 Jul 1, 2009
Yeah, the jobs are safe. For now. When are we going to learn? These big acquisitions lead to huge debt which must be reduced by selling off assets, layoffs, and plant closings. We are now in phase 1, the asset sale phase. What happens to the local packaging plant when AB InBev finds they can get beer cans cheaper from China?
wife of AB employee

Lewis Center, OH

#12 Jul 1, 2009
Anti Union wrote:
I say let the union money, grubbing, greedy people lose their jobs. That is the problem with all these big companies that were forced into this way of employing people. These people make like $28 to $38 an hour and all they do is complain and figure out ways to abuse FMLA, Workers comp and anything else they can. I think all companies should be able to get rid of all union people and start fresh with people who are grateful to just have a job and earning money!!
FYI not all Anheuser-Busch plants are union... Majority of the employees have been working for AB for 25-30 years or more, yes some complain but most are thankful they have a job!!! Most have worked hard to earn the money they receive!!!
Borg

New York, NY

#13 Jul 1, 2009
This makes me feel kinda funny...like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.
claw71

United States

#14 Jul 1, 2009
23warrior wrote:
Yeah, the jobs are safe. For now. When are we going to learn? These big acquisitions lead to huge debt which must be reduced by selling off assets, layoffs, and plant closings. We are now in phase 1, the asset sale phase. What happens to the local packaging plant when AB InBev finds they can get beer cans cheaper from China?
The debt is there long before the acquisition. The reason AB sold out is because they accumulated too much debt through stupid ventures like American Ale and the aforementioned bottling plants.

Again, this is not news. The Dispatch reported that this was going to happen when InBev first made the purchase.

But I have a great solution for all of you: buy truly local beer. Columbus Brewing Company makes beer right here in Columbus. You can find it in most stores that offer good beer. You can also head to either Barley's and buy your beer by the jug.
Big J

Grove City, OH

#15 Jul 1, 2009
I happen to work for MCC and trust me we don't make 28-38 $ per hour.
Our contract is up in Oct. this year, and I would think Ball would have to abide by the contract until they negoiate their own.
I have always been a Union worker and proud of it.
I've also seen where employes could be let go for unjust causes, just because a supervisor does't like him or her. Yea, there are lazy workers but thats everywhere Union or non Union. I Would rather be Union.
gold circle

Columbus, OH

#16 Jul 1, 2009
Anti Union wrote:
I say let the union money, grubbing, greedy people lose their jobs. That is the problem with all these big companies that were forced into this way of employing people. These people make like $28 to $38 an hour and all they do is complain and figure out ways to abuse FMLA, Workers comp and anything else they can. I think all companies should be able to get rid of all union people and start fresh with people who are grateful to just have a job and earning money!!
I agree bump the unions
Big J

Grove City, OH

#17 Jul 2, 2009
Being Non Union is why people only make $7.00 -$12 per hour. And Still live with mom and dad.
Try paying for a house and car, raising a family
on that,
claw71

United States

#18 Jul 2, 2009
gold circle wrote:
<quoted text>
I agree bump the unions
Why? Unions are just workers getting together in order to strengthen their negotiating powers. One worker going to management to demand better wages, benefits or working conditions gets fired 100 workers get a meeting.

Some unions are corrupt, but most of the complaints from corporations are bogus. The US Automotive industry isn't on death's door because of unions, it's there because of lousy management. Bill Ford and all those other executives collected plenty of seven figure bonus checks while sales were flagging. Don't blame unions.
CHUCKO

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#19 Jul 2, 2009
No matter who you blame, will we still have that STINK in the air on the north end? Now thats important!
claw71

United States

#20 Jul 2, 2009
CHUCKO wrote:
No matter who you blame, will we still have that STINK in the air on the north end? Now thats important!
The brewery isn't going anywhere. The woderful aroma of malted barley being steeped will be here a long, long time. I love that smell, too bad AB ruins the finished product with a bunch of adjuncts.

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