Newark official 'saddened' by Budweiser manufacturer layoffs

By Naomi Nix | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
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on January 22, 2015

NEWARK — Newark economic development director Baye Adofo-Wilson said today he is "saddened" by Anheuser-Busch's decision to layoff dozens of workers at its Newark brewery.

“We are saddened to learn that Anheuser-Busch, one of our great employers and partners in Newark’s transformation, has found it necessary to lay off 60 workers at their brewery in our South Ward," he said in a statement today.

“Any time a Newark employer, whatever the size, has to lay off employees, it is obviously a blow to the City and those dedicated workers."

Anheuser-Busch, the company that produces Budweiser and Bud Light, announced earlier this week that 60 hourly positions are being cut because the company has decided to stop producing a bottle line at the site.

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

"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."

A spokesman for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters said today the union is working with the company to help the displaced workers.

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