US-based brewing company Anheuser-Busch has announced an expansion project at its Metal Container Corporation (MCC) facility in Jacksonville with an investment of $170m.

The latest project is part of the company’s plan to boost production of the Budweiser and Bud Light aluminium bottles and is expected to create approximately 75 new jobs at the facility.

Anheuser-Busch supply vice-President Pete Kraemer said: "The growing demand for our Budweiser and Bud Light aluminium bottles has helped drive growth and development in Jacksonville."

In 2013, the company started producing the aluminium bottles initially.

"The growing demand for our Budweiser and Bud Light aluminium bottles has helped drive growth and development in Jacksonville."

Jacksonville will be the second MCC facility to produce the bottles, where it has also operated a brewery since 1969.

MCC Jacksonville plant manager Bryan Sullivan said: "Our employees, local leaders and the Jacksonville community have helped make this facility successful.

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"Selecting Jacksonville as the next site for aluminium bottle production is a tremendous opportunity for our employees and local community as we increase production and add sustainable local jobs."

According to Anheuser-Busch, the expansion is receiving support by the way of an incentive programme in partnership with Florida and Jacksonville.

A subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, MCC operates seven facilities in the US in addition to producing cans and lids for major soft drink companies in the country.

Image: Anheuser-Busch plans an investment of $170m in the Jacksonville MCC facility. Photo: courtesy of Anheuser-Busch Companies.