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11:49 PM, Nov 2, 2012   |    comments
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CARTERSVILLE, Ga -- For one day the Anheuser-Busch plant in Cartersville is turning beer into water. One of the plants lines was converted to can water to be shipped to the victims of super storm Sandy.

The plant is sending over one million cans of water, a process that takes about 36 hours, according to the plants general manager Rob Haas. "The first thing we have to do is shut down a line so we're not producing beer," he said. "We clean it and change it over to water."

Haas said the company has been helping out in times of need for a hundred years. "It makes me feel like I'm helping when you see what the devastation is," he said. "It feels like this is the least we can do."

Along the assembly line the cans are put into six-packs, then cases and then stacked on pallets before being loaded onto tractor trailers. They're shipped to the northeast where they are directed by the Red Cross to the spots the water is needed most.

For many of the workers at the Cartersville facility, it has special meaning. "We have quite a few people who have family there," Haas said. "Many employees, when this brewery broke ground in 1993, came from the Newark brewery to help start this brewery up."

Haas wouldn't put a dollar figure on how much it cost the company. Suffice it to say the cost of the cans, the process of production and the shipping is another example of how companies like Anheuser-Busch are willing and ready to step up in time of need.

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