With the disasters brought upon Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey, there has been an outpouring of humanitarian aid.
One company to participate is Anheuser-Busch, the brewing company better known for their product lines Budweiser and Bud Lite, according to Independent Journal Review. They have issued a statement saying they’re halting beer production and producing water for the victims of the hurricane: “Putting our production and logistics strengths to work by providing safe, clean drinking water is the best way we can help in these situations.”
Sarah Schilling, Brewmaster for the Cartersville, Georgia, plant says they have halted all beer production for the week and will be producing canned, clean drinking water to ship to hurricane victims throughout the affected areas.
She also claims this is something they’ve routinely done to prepare for disaster situations. “Throughout the year, we periodically pause beer production at our Cartersville, Georgia brewery to produce emergency canned drinking water so we are ready to help out communities across the country in times of crisis,” Schilling said.
This plant, in particular, has provided clean drinking water for victims of Hurricanes Matthew and Sandy, and have also provided for the firefighters handling wildfires in the State of Washington.
According to the company website, Anheuser-Busch sent out three trucks filled with over 155,000 cans of clean drinking water to Hurricane Harvey victims. The Cartersville plant provided the first truckload of water on Monday to the American Red Cross working in Baton Rouge with the aide of their business partner, Mockler Beverage. The other two trucks were sent to an American Red Cross facility in Arlington Texas.
Anheuser-Busch has three facilities operating in Houston, Texas, and they’ve confirmed that all 1,100 employees are safe, according to Bill Bradley, Vice President for Community Affairs. “The safety of our colleagues is paramount and we are proud of the work our Houston team has done over the weekend to keep our team safe in these difficult and exceptional circumstances,” he said.
This isn’t the first time, by far, that the makers of Budweiser have utilized company resources to provide for those in need during disasters. In January they provided over 50,000 cans of water for people in the Hattiesburg, Mississippi, after a tornado tore apart the area, according to their website.
The water was produced and delivered again from the Cartersville, Georgia, plant. According to Kevin Fahrenkrog, General Manager of the Cartersville plant, “We want to lend a hand to our neighbors. Providing this emergency drinking water is the best way we can help right now.”
Another article on their website also claims that in addition to providing clean drinking water they have also extended efforts to help military veterans through both employment and various charities. Since 1987, they have donated nearly $11 million to various military charities, employed more than 1,000 veterans, and even provided non-alcoholic beer and televisions for US troops serving in the Middle East so they could watch the 2010 Super Bowl.
The company has long provided water and needed supplies to people affected by natural disasters in the US. Anheuser-Busch claims that since 1988 they have provided over 76 million cans of water to areas struck with disaster.
This patriotic company is a good role model for how businesses should operate. They are more than happy to halt production, cutting into their profits, just so they can help those in need. Thank goodness for their aide over the years during natural disasters and the assistance they provide to our military.