Anheuser-Busch this week announced more than $200 million in new capital expenditures, including new distribution facilities in Los Angeles and Columbus, Ohio.
The brewing giant said its ongoing infrastructure program is one of the largest in the history of the U.S. beer industry; nearly $500 million will be spent this year alone and $2 billion will be invested through 2020.
“We are focusing on investments which empower our employees to do what they do best — brewing the best beer,” Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Supply Dave Taylor said in a statement.
The largest of the newly announced projects will dedicate $82 million to build the "state-of-the-art" distribution centers in California and Ohio.
The remaining projects will invest in the company's breweries located throughout the U.S., including those in Los Angeles and Columbus.
The Ft. Collins, Colo., brewery will receive $28 million to expand aluminum bottle production and add dry hop capabilities, while additions in Fairfield, Calif., and Merrimack, N.H., will bolster the company's craft beer segment.
The Baldwinsville, N.Y., brewery upgrades, meanwhile, will include production of non-alcoholic beverages — primarily Teavana under a partnership with Starbucks.
Other breweries that will receive new capital investment include Jacksonville, Fla., Cartersville, Ga., Williamsburg, Va., and the flagship St. Louis facility.
Anheuser-Busch officials said that the projects would support more than 17,000 jobs.