SOUTH CAROLINA'S RAVENEL SUPPORTS 'GREAT AMERICAN BEER WEEK'
WASHINGTON, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- South Carolina's beer industry, which creates over 44,000 jobs in the state, got a boost of appreciation recently from South Carolina Rep. Arthur Ravenel Jr. (R-S.C.), the co- sponsor of a bipartisan measure in Congress lauding the economic, environmental and "good works" contributions of the industry. The legislation, designating Oct. 3-10 as "Great American Beer Week," recognizes the long-standing traditions of the brewing industry in American life. Ravenel is an original co-sponsor of the measure, which was introduced earlier this month by U.S. Rep. Dan Schaefer (R-Colo.), in the U.S. House of Representatives. Similar legislation has been introduced in the U.S. Senate. "This is a long-overdue recognition of an all-American industry. We appreciate Congressmen Art Ravenel for supporting this measure on our behalf," said Peter H. Coors, CEO of Coors Brewing Company and chairman of the Beer Institute in Washington. The Beer Institute, the brewers' trade association, represents Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc., Miller Brewing Company and Coors Brewing Company, among others. Together, its members account for more than 90 percent of the beer made in the United States. While the House resolution points out the 2.7 million jobs provided for by brewers in the manufacturing, retailing, agricultural, packaging, distribution, trucking/rail and other industrial sectors, the U.S. beer industry has an even broader economic impact. This is particularly evident when considering all employees in the brewing and beer distribution system. According to the Beer Institute, some 6.8 million U.S. jobs are directly and indirectly impacted by the beer industry; over 44,000 in South Carolina alone. Roughly 20,000 beer-related jobs are in Ravenel's First Congressional District. The Great American Beer Week resolution also mentions the environmental and philanthropic contributions of the nation's brewers, including their recent efforts to distribute bottled water to flood victims in the Midwestern states. Anheuser-Busch, Coors and Miller were some of the first to provide emergency relief to Midwest flood victims. With over 47 co-sponsors, the resolution has growing support in the U.S. House of Representatives. Besides Schaefer and Ravenel, other original co-sponsors include Reps. Robert Andrews (D-N.J.); Cass Ballenger (R-N.C.); Peter Barca (D-Wis.); James Barcia (D-Mich.); Thomas Barrett (D-Wis.); Herbert Bateman (R-Va.); Howard Berman (D-Calif.); Michael Bilirakis (R-Fla.); Thomas Bliley (R-Va.); Peter Blute (R-Mass.); John Boehner (R-Ohio); William Clinger (R-Pa.); Sam Coppersmith (D-Ariz.); Chris Cox (R-Calif.); Chet Edwards (D-Texas); Richard Gephardt (D-Mo.); Steve Gunderson (R-Wis.); Earl Hilliard (D-Ala); Tim Holden (D-Pa.); John Kasich (R-Ohio); Peter King (R-N.Y.); Jack Kingston (R-Ga.); Herbert Klein (D-N.J.); Greg Laughlin (D-Texas); David Levy (R-N.Y.); Bob Livingston (R-La.); Matthew Martinez (D-Calif.); Bill McCollum (R-Fla.); Scott McInnis (R-Colo.); John Murtha (D-Pa.); Richard Neal (D-Mass.); Frank Pallone (D-N.J.); Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.); Thomas Petri (R-Wis.); Jack Quinn (R-N.Y.); Bill Richardson (D-N.M.); Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.); Charlie Rose (D-N.C.); Bill Sarpalius (D-Texas); James Saxton (R-N.J.); Norman Sisisky (D-Va.); Joe Skeen (R-N.M.); Charles Taylor (R-N.C.); Bruce Vento (D-Minn.); Barbara Vucanovich (R-Nev.); and James T. Walsh (R-N.Y.). -0- 10/1/93 /CONTACT: Kirsten Fedewa of the Beer Institute, 202-737-2337/
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