Cold beer helps the environment

David Dixon of Miller-Coors

Beer wasn't on the menu but it was the topic of discussion at Friday's Emerge luncheon at the Albany Area Chamber of Commerce.

"Miller-Coors is obviously one of our biggest and greatest industries in Southwest Georgia," said Caitlyn Cooper, the chairman of Emerge Albany.

Nearly 70 young professionals came to hear David Dixon, Miller-Coors' Environmental Health and Safety Specialist.

Dixon reviewed the company's history, philosophy, and stressed the importance of its relationship with the community.

He also said that Miller-Coors is hiring.

"We're having a change over, some of our staff have reached 30 years, 25 years, and they're retiring so well-paid jobs are still available out there," said Dixon.

Despite Miller-Coors' substantial impact on the local economy, most of the discussion focused on the company's efforts to protect and preserve the Albany-Dougherty Environment.

Miller-Coors' 'Green Team' is committed to reducing the resources coming into MillerCoors and recycling everything that goes out, helping the environment and the taxpayers.

"The more we can reduce â" or anybody else can reduce â" the longer our landfill will last and we're talking about millions and millions of dollars," said Dixon.

Miloy Schwartz of Lemonade Marketing liked what she heard.

"To be willing to invest â" to make that big of an investment â" in the environment, I think that's pretty impressive," said Schwartz.