Washington D.C. group tours Anheuser-Busch plant in central Ohio


Eight hundred people work at the Columbus Anheuser-Busch plant.

As bottles flow down the assembly line, Eduardo Sguerra is reminded why he works there.

"I wanted to make a difference in people's lives," Sguerra said.

Sguerra said he does that by making sure productivity is the best it can be to ensure that the jobs stay here in Columbus.

Keeping and growing jobs are why the National Association of Manufacturing put Ohio on its multi-state tour, discussing the future of its industry.

Part of the conversation focused on the next wave of manufacturing. Who are these people? Where are they being developed? And how do they get their hands on these jobs?

Doug Bailey is Vice President of Industry Affairs for Anheuser-Busch. He said it starts at the high school level and the business is not what it used to be.

"Our engineers have iPads and they're monitoring really sophisticated manufacturing lines," Bailey said.

Sguerra said it's all about solving problems. He's a millennial who grew up in Columbus and is concerned about where jobs may go. But he's hopeful after meeting with lawmakers.

"These messages come through to say, hey, this is what we're doing at the state level, at the federal level, to make sure that our future, my future, my kids' future, my kids' kids future is sustainable here in the United States," he said.