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MillerCoors Brewery Expands

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ALBANY — MillerCoors has announced that after 30 years of tapping into Clayton and Claiborne aquifers under Albany to make Miller Beer, they are increasing production by 25 percent and adding 25 jobs.

“We’re proud to say that we’re happy to stay in Albany, and we’re going to strengthen our partnerships with the community,” Chris Thelen, manager of MillerCoors’ Albany plant, said. The partnerships include a training plan signed by Thelen, Albany Technical College President

Anthony Parker and Georgia Quick Start Executive Director Marla Lowe. “By using the Georgia Quick Start program through Albany Technical College to help us bring in qualified workers, as well as train our workforce, we can ensure we have people with the technical skills to support our business goals,” Thelen said.

SABMiller combined forces last summer with Molson Coors Brewing Company. Since then, MillerCoors has already hired the 25 workers, but expects more jobs to become available as a number of employees retire when they reach their 30-year mark, Thelen said.

The brewery will complete the addition of Coors and Keystone production lines in about six months. “We are committed to training the work force needed for this venture, and look forward to meeting the needs of MillerCoors as it expands its product line,” Parker said. “During this economy, whenever we have good news like that certainly is a good thing.”

The Albany brewery has 600 employees and a payroll of more than $45 million. It paid more than $19 million in state and local taxes in 2006, including nearly $17 million in state beer excise taxes, and purchased more than $345 million in goods and services from Georgia businesses, according to a statement.