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METAL CONTAINER BREAKS GROUND FOR FUTURE CAN PLANT

 METAL CONTAINER BREAKS GROUND FOR FUTURE CAN PLANT
 ST. LOUIS, June 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Metal Container Corporation,


the can manufacturing subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. (NYSE: BUD), broke ground near Rome, Ga. today on one of the most technologically advanced can plants in the world.
 Georgia Gov. Zell B. Miller, Lt. Gov. Pierre Howard, and Rep. George "Buddy" Darden, D.-7th District, were among the more than 150 people who gathered at the site for groundbreaking ceremonies. Also in attendance were members of the Georgia General Assembly and elected officials and business people from Rome and Floyd County.
 "The new plant that we build right here will be one of the most technologically advanced can plants in the world," Barry H. Beracha, chairman and chief executive officer of Metal Container Corp. and vice president and group executive of the parent company, told the gathering. "Using the tools of Total Quality Management to start up and operate this facility, we will be able to give our customers the highest quality, lowest-cost containers in the industry -- containers that are 100 percent recyclable."
 The new plant, which is expected to be in operation in late 1993, will supply cans for the new brewery Anheuser-Busch is building at Cartersville, Ga. Start-up of the Cartersville brewery is scheduled in early 1993.
 About 100 people will work at the new plant -- most of them from the Rome, Floyd County area. The plant will have two high-speed can lines, and at full production will have the capacity to make more than 1.5 billion cans a year.
 "We are extremely pleased with Metal Container Corporation's decision to choose a Georgia community as a location for this very significant investment," Gov. Miller said. "We appreciate the company's commitment to establish a manufacturing plant using the most advanced technology in the industry, bringing approximately 100 high quality jobs to Georgia."
 Metal Container chose a site near Rome, Beracha said at the ceremonies, in part "because you have done such a fine job of creating a climate hospitable to business.
 "At the same time," he added, "we know that you have the kind of highly skilled and strongly motivated work force that we need to make this new plant perform at its best. We know too that you have the kind of quality of life here that will be good for our company and our employees, and that will make it a pleasure for us to do business here."
 Metal Container Corp., headquartered in St. Louis, is one of the leading aluminum beverage container manufacturers in the United States. One of the low-cost producers in its industry, the company produced more than 14 billion cans and 15 billion lids at its 10 plants in 1991. The plant near Rome will be the company's eleventh facility.
 Metal Container supplies the majority of its output to Anheuser- Busch, Inc., but it also has established commercial partnerships with significant soft drink bottlers throughout the United States. The company sells in export markets as well.
 In addition to the brewery and can plant it is now building in the state, Anheuser-Busch already operates a sales office in Atlanta for its brewing subsidiary, as well as four bakeries, a refrigerated dough plant, and a bakery distribution facility through its diversified food subsidiary, Campbell Taggart, Inc. The bakeries are at Atlanta, Augusta, Macon and Rome. The refrigerated dough plant is in Forest Park, and the distribution facility is in Columbus.
 All told, Anheuser-Busch's operations in Georgia employed more than 1,800 people in 1991, with salaries totaling more than $54 million. In addition, Anheuser-Busch independent wholesalers employed more than 1,100 people in the state last year, with salaries totaling more than $43 million. Together, Anheuser-Busch and its wholesalers paid State of Georgia and local taxes and fees of $88 million in 1991.
 Anheuser-Busch is a St. Louis-based diversified corporation with subsidiaries that, in addition to brewing, can-making and baking, include the second-largest theme park operation in the United States, snack foods, and major league baseball. The company's brewing subsidiary is the world's largest.
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 /CONTACT: Paul G. Wagman, 314-982-1726, or Mark S. Armstrong, 314-982-0560, both of Metal Container/
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