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MillerCoors celebrates anniversary

From left, Chief Marketing Officer Andy England and Tim Dill, MillerCoors Albany vice president, toast the brewery at its fifth anniversary celebration.

From left, Chief Marketing Officer Andy England and Tim Dill, MillerCoors Albany vice president, toast the brewery at its fifth anniversary celebration.

ALBANY, Ga. -- This week, the workers and leadership of Albany's MillerCoors Brewery hoisted some pints of frosty brew to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the marriage of two of the world's top beer brands.

Five years ago SABMiller and MolsonCoors merged into the world's second-largest beer company. The decision has turned out to be a good one.

According to Miller officials, the move has delivered nearly $900 million in savings for the company and has generated $5.5 billion in net income to date.

To celebrate, plant employees, led by Plant Manager Tim Dill and Andy England, MillerCoors' chief marketing officer, toasted five successful years with a ceremonial pint of their locally-brewed beer.

Since the merger, the company has invested millions of dollars in updated infrastructure and expansion at the Albany brewery and has increased total production by a third.

Specifically, the merger has helped Albany expand Coors brands such as Coors Light, which is produced at the plant.

"Our employees are proud of all the products they brew, package and ship. The growth of the brewery, our rich Albany water heritage, and the efforts of our employees have contributed to our success and helped us secure our future as one of the best breweries in America," Dill said.