City Brewing Plans Layoffs At Latrobe, Pa. Brewery

Beer maker says it plans to lay off some workers at the former Rolling Rock brewery later this year in order to attract more business and upgrade equipment.

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) -- City Brewing Co. plans to lay off some workers at the former Rolling Rock brewery in Latrobe later this year.

The LaCrosse, Wis. company says the layoffs will occur so it can attract more business and upgrade the brewery's equipment. The brewery employs about 100 people.

City Brewing bought the Latrobe facility after Belgian brewing giant InBev SA sold the Rolling Rock brands to Anheuser-Busch. Anheuser-Busch stopped making Rolling Rock in Latrobe in July 2006 when it moved production of the beer to Newark, N.J.

City Brewing has been making Samuel Adams beer at the Latrobe brewery for about 14 months under a contract with Boston Beer Co. But Boston Beer has since bought a brewery in Lehigh County where it can also make Sam Adams.

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