New Jobs: AB-InBev Metal Container Plant Expansion Gets Green Light
The Arnold City Council approved the issuance of up to $88 million in bonds to pay for the expansion, which will create 25 to 60 additional plant positions and hundreds of construction jobs.
On Thursday, the Arnold City Council approved the issuance of up to $88 million in bonds to help pay for the expansion, which will create an additional 25-to-60 full-time plant positions and hundreds of construction jobs. The measure also approves the plan for the project.
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The council voted 5-to-2 in favor of the measure. Councilmembers Doris Borgelt, Ward 1, and Michelle Hohmeier, Ward 2, cast the opposing votes. Ward 4 Councilwoman Sandra Kownacki was absent from the meeting.
In an interview after the meeting, Ward 3 Councilman Phil Amato told Patch Anheuser Busch-InBev has four container plants and chose the Arnold facility for the expansion.
"Arnold and the entire St. Louis region will benefit from the expansion," Amato said. "One of the company's managers told me this was the largest project they've taken on in recent years."
At least one councilmember voiced concerns about the city's involvement with the project.
"This isn't the proper role of government," said Hohmeier, referring to the city's issuance of bonds. "I don't agree with corporate welfare."
Monday on Patch, we'll hear more about Hohmeier's concerns.
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