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Anheuser-Busch, Inc., originated in St. Louis, Missouri, during the 1850s and the 1860s. Today, it is the world's largest beer brewer.
For the first one hundred years of its existence, Anheuser-Busch centered its production facilities in St. Louis. Beginning in the 1950s and 1960s, the firm expanded its manufacturing facilities, including purchasing competing breweries or constructing new ones across the United States. One of these breweries was located in Columbus, Ohio. The company began construction of this plant in 1966, and the brewery, Anheuser-Busch's sixth brewery, began producing beer in 1968. At first, the plant could brew 1.7 million barrels of beer per year, but by the late 1980s, production exceeded 6.7 million barrels.
The Columbus brewery remains in operation today, employing more than one thousand Central Ohio residents. It manufactures a wide array of beer, including Budweiser, Michelob, Bud Light, Michelob Light, Busch, and Natural Light, among other drinks. The Columbus brewery provides Anheuser-Busch beer primarily to Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia.