Published: June 3, 2008 at 1:14 PM
I would really, really hate to see A-B sold. Definitely think the last thing we need is more globalization/homogenization. And although I am suspicious of unthinking "knee jerk" patriotism, I admit I'm proud A-B has remained an American company.
It's hard to see how the parks could be better run, so I think a change in ownership could only be worse.
I love the way one time when I took a concern to a customer service rep, part of the reply I got was, "Mr. Busch wants us to do ... " as part of the explanation for what I'd seen. Gosh, the last time I worked for a big corporation, in a senior-level management (albeit professional) position, I don't think I ever had cause to invoke the name of the CEO. But this employee spoke as though she felt she received personal directives on how to do her job from Auggie IV. In short, it is apparent when you visit BGE that there is a real culture in A-B of customer service and company pride, and that can't be bought and shouldn't be sold.
So many Busches have their jobs wrapped up in the companies, too. Now, I'm sure they could all retire today, with or without selling the company, and live comfortably the rest of their lives. But when you have that kind of family history with a company, why would you want to? Can't tell me Ginny doesn't like her position with the Conservation Fund, and so on.
It seems clear they don't want to be taken over, and I hope they can withstand any hostile takeover bids. Many really special things would indeed be lost, both with the outstanding and always-changing brewery operations (it astounds me the way they keep old brands alive but also constantly introduce new and seasonal products)and the wonderful BEC.