Budweiser manufacturer to lay off 60 in Newark

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 20, 2015

Pictured is Anheuser-Busch Companies, Inc. brewery building in Newark.

 

NEWARK — Anheuser-Busch, the company that produces Budweiser and Bud Light plans to lay off dozens of people at its Newark brewery.

The Newark brewery's general manager Kevin Lee said 60 hourly positions are being cut because the company has decided to stop producing a bottle line at the site.

"The Newark brewery has some of the best workers in our system," he said in a statement.

"We thank our employees for their hard work and achievements and for remaining focused on the work ahead during this transition."

The exact date of the planned layoffs has not been determined, but the company is aiming for the end of the quarter.

Lee said the company is meeting with employees on each shift today to discuss the layoffs. The company is also talking with local union leadership about the changes, Lee said.

"We respect and care about our employees and value their work," he said. "We are confident we can work toward a solution that recognizes their hard work and commitment over the years."

The Newark brewery, which produces Budweiser and Bud Light, serves New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Connecticut, according to the company.

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters responded but did not immediately comment on the announcement.

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