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Stroh Brewery Closing Detroit Plant

February 8, 1985

DETROIT (AP) _ Stroh Brewery Co., the nation’s third largest beermaker, is closing its Detroit plant after 135 years of brewing in this city, chairman Peter Stroh today.

″Closing this plant is a necessary step to strengthen our company,″ Stroh said.

Stroh Brewery makes five brands of beer at seven locations, including Detroit. The chairman said production at the Detroit plant will be transferred to one or more of the company’s breweries in Allentown, Pa.; Winston-Salem, N.C.; Memphis, Tenn.; Longview, Texas; St. Paul, Minn.; and Van Nuys, Calif.

Stroh said the company will begin to phase out operations at the Detroit plant this spring.

″Our corporate headquarters, with approximately 750 employees, will remain here at River Place,″ Stroh said.

He also said the company’s ice cream division will continue to operate in Detroit.

The company’s Detroit plant employs 720 hourly workers and 170 salaried workers.

After the Detroit plant is closed, Stroh will have 5,500 employees.

Stroh Brewery moved to Detroit and built its first brewery in the city in 1850.

″This was one of the most difficult decisions,″ Stroh said at a news conference. ″We have studied every reasonable alternative to closing the plant and have reluctantly concluded this decision is best for our entire company.″

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