A-B InBev takes Research Park space
CHAMPAIGN — A new sign went up Wednesday, heralding the presence of an Anheuser-Busch InBev office in the University of Illinois Research Park.
The A-B InBev sign appears on the First Street side of the Atkins Building at 1800 S. Oak St., C, where the global brewing company has a second-floor office.
The company has yet to release word on the new office, but in a March 29 posting on the Anheuser-Busch Jobs page of Facebook, the company stated: "Anheuser-Busch InBev is opening an office at the University of Illinois Research Park in May 2013. We spent the day exploring the campus and attended the research park fair on March 27. We are excited to hire top talent to lead marketing research in the park."
Research Park Director Laura Frerichs confirmed that the company recruited students at a spring career fair and opened the office this summer.
She said students recruited for the Bud Analytics Lab have backgrounds in statistics, mathematics and computer science.
St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch, the maker of Budweiser and Michelob beers, was acquired in 2008 by InBev, the producer of Beck's, Stella Artois and other beers.
That company, based in Leuven, Belgium, subsequently took the A-B InBev name. It has about 150,000 employees in 24 countries.
Besides bearing the A-B InBev sign, the Atkins Building also bears a sign for Abbott Laboratories.
Other publicly traded corporations with offices in the UI Research Park include ADM, Caterpillar, Deere & Co., Dow Chemical, Pearson, Raytheon, Sony, State Farm and Yahoo.