OKLAHOMA CITY, MAY 5, 2016 — Today, Anheuser-Busch honored and celebrated its Oklahoma City Metal Container Corporation (MCC) Lid Plant’s 30th anniversary. João Castro Neves, CEO of Anheuser-Busch, and Tim Popp, Oklahoma City lid plant manager, were joined by Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin to celebrate this major milestone and announce the company’s $1 million donation to the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and national Biomedical and blood efforts.
“We have great heritage and strong relationships in Oklahoma. Our people reflect this passion by producing high-quality can lids that are used on beers enjoyed across the country,” said João Castro Neves, CEO of Anheuser-Busch. “We appreciate Governor Fallin’s support as well as other elected and public officials and community partners, such as the American Red Cross.”
Oklahoma City Lid Plant Manager Tim Popp also spoke to the dedication of its workers. “There are two keys to our success as a thriving part of the Oklahoma economy: our people and our community,” said Popp. “Our employees have built a strong culture, and act as owners who prioritize safety, quality, teamwork, and innovation. More than 50 percent of our employees have been with us for more than 25 years.” Popp added that the state of Oklahoma has been a supportive community and a great partner to work with as we've grown over the past 30 years.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin acknowledged the importance of Anheuser-Busch to the Oklahoma economy and community, “The Oklahoma City MCC Lid Plant is a significant part of Anheuser-Busch’s overall investment in the state. We appreciate Anheuser-Bush making more than $12 million of investments in the Oklahoma City plant during the past five years, making it one of the largest in the world.”
Governor Fallin addressed Anheuser-Busch’s donation. “I also appreciate Anheuser-Busch’s generous $1 million gift to the American Red Cross. Oklahomans have seen their fair share of adversity, but with the help of the American Red Cross we’ve been able to recover, rebound and grow stronger.”
Anheuser-Busch’s contribution to the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program allows the Red Cross to pre-position supplies, secure shelters, maintain emergency vehicles and train volunteers nationwide before a disaster strikes and immediately respond when a disaster occurs.
David Staszak, Chief Development Officer for American Red Cross National Headquarters, and Bradley Barghols, CEO of the American Red Cross serving Oklahoma and Arkansas, accepted the donation today and thanked Anheuser-Busch for their longstanding partnership and commitment.
“On behalf of the 1,500 Red Cross volunteers across Oklahoma who serve the people of Oklahoma around the clock, we are grateful to Anheuser-Busch. Their investment in disaster relief brings hope and care to the people of Oklahoma and throughout our country—before, during and after disaster strikes,” stated Bradley J. Barghols, regional chief executive officer, American Red Cross serving Oklahoma and Arkansas.
“In addition to Anheuser-Busch’s financial gift for the American Red Cross, I thank them for the quick shift to produce pallets of emergency drinking water for use in communities in Oklahoma this winter and past summer when our water sources were compromised. For such assistance, we are grateful to the employees of Anheuser-Busch who work tirelessly to ensure emergency water is available,” stated Barghols.
Anheuser-Busch’s ongoing investment in the Oklahoma City MCC Lid Plant is reflective of its continued commitment to the great state of Oklahoma. Anheuser-Busch employs over 700 people across the state and has invested $300 million over the past 35 years.
João Castro Neves, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch (center) join David Staszak, American Red Cross Chief Development Officer (left) and Bradley Barghols, American Red Cross serving Oklahoma and Arkansas Regional CEO (right) with a newly branded emergency response truck in recognition of the Anheuser-Busch and Red Cross partnership. -- João Castro Neves, CEO of Anheuser-Busch