Anheuser Busch Metal Container Corporation Expansion
Location: Arnold, MO
Client: SM Wilson
Size: 110,000 SF
Guarantee Electrical Company (GECO) provided electrical construction services in support of SM Wilson’s engagement to construct the 110,000 SF expansion of Anheuser Busch’s Metal Container Corporation’s aluminum container manufacturing facility in Arnold MO. The expansion supports A-B Metal Container’s extension of its line of aluminum bottles, essentially doubling the company’s capacity to meet exploding demand for A-B’s innovative re-closable aluminum bottles of Budweiser and its Bud Light Platinum products. GECO’s role was to provide a “core-and-shell” electrical implementation with a 400Amp 277/480 V service supported by a range of control panels to expand the capacity of AB’s container fabrication operation. In addition to preconstruction planning and electrical construction, GECO provided LED lighting throughout the facility together with Class 1 lightning protection, as well as emergency lighting and the electrical systems accommodating the building’s extensive mechanical systems located on the new facility’s rooftop.
As a more or less “turn-key” core-and-shell commercial assignment, the electrical systems in support of Metal Container Corp facility expansion also included installing electrical control panels specified for a manufacturing line of some eight (8) industry standard, 30 Amp welding stations. In addition to lighting and assuring lightning protection for a manufacturing facility, there were a number of additional options deployed. These included a paging system for the building, as well as a 48 port CAT 6 horizontal voice-data network supported by two data closets containing IDF’s connecting a vertical network backbone consisting of two 1000 ft. of 12 strand OM3 fiber optic cable running from the IDFs to the building’s Main Distribution Facility (MDF).
Guarantee provided its standard offering of preconstruction planning to aid the construction team led by SM Wilson. A principal feature of our approach was to locate and place the new facility’s electrical distribution (feeds and branch distribution) in the slab early in construction. This presented the advantage of completing significant portions of the electrical construction earlier in the project than typical with traditional construction methods, which helped accelerate the schedule. It also enabled the team as a whole to begin using permanent power earlier as well, saving on expensive temporary power, etc.
The Anheuser Bush Metal Container facility expansion was completed on schedule while staying within the original budget and which was accomplished without injury or lost time incident. The net result for the owner, is a facility capable of delivering a substantial increase in production from roughly 1,200 aluminum bottles per minute to over 2,400 bottles per minute.