|Miller Comes to Turner Field Albany, GA|
The Article Title Says it Best:
Who knew in 1940, at the beginning of World War II when the small Philip Morris advertising man dressed in his uniform and trademark cap roamed the downtown streets of Albany shouting "CALL FOR PHILIP MOR-RIIS" how much of an influence this company would have on Albany, Georgia and Turner Field. (Phillip Morris was Miller Brewing Company's parent company until 2001.)
An excellent corporate citizen for Albany, Miller Brewing has actively participated in marketing Albany for Albany, the place to be. This ad was a part of the Albany Chamber of Commerce Ad Division explaining why others have chosen Albany, Georgia.
Congratulations to Miller Time Leaders:
Mayor James H. Gray and the City of Albany
Congratulations also to the staff Team for Miller Project:
Lamar Clifton, Albany Chamber
Facts and Figures in 1979 about Miller Brewing in Albany, GA:
The bringing of Miller Brewing to Albany, GA required political knowledge and ability as well as local organizational ability. Morgan Murphy, Chairman of the Board of First State Bank, now joined to Regions Bank remembers the days spent in Washington getting this done. "Finally, after several days of cooling our heels in the Congressional offices," he said, "Congressman Dawson Mathis told us to come with him. We went to the snack area of the US Congressional office buildings where Congressman Mathis found the head of the GSA. He button holed him saying, 'these people are waiting for you to release this land now.' The response was 'is that all you want? It will be done today.' and it was." According to Morgan, however, the actual words used by the Congressman were not printable. "I guess," said Morgan, "that sometimes there is a time and a place to be crude, rude and impatient. This time, it worked. And we went home on that afternoon flight. The deal was done."
The plant was planned and introduced to Albany. (Left-Right) Governor George Busbee, Chamber of Commerce President, Ed Freeman, Miller designers, Weissman and Murphy, and finally, Albany Mayor, James H. Gray, Sr. (Photo taken by Larry Patrick of Heritage Photography, Albany, Georgia.)
Albany Celebrates the topping out of the new Miller Brewing Plant:
(Left-Right) Miller Brewing Company's President and CEO, William ("Bill") K. Howel; Georgia Govenor, George Busbee; and Albany Mayor, James H. Gray, Sr.
Miller REALLY Does Come to Albany:
This photo was taken from a page in the 1988 Albany Chamber of Commerce Magazine. It features an ad appearing in the February 21, 1988 Albany Herald where it proudly announces Miller Congratulates all employees..... It was reproduced in Lamar Clifton's book, A First State Corporation Legacy, page 31.
Albany is proud of Miller Brewing, now MillerCoors, in so many ways. The company strives hard to be an excellent corporate citizen both to the community and to its employees. MillerCoors is active in the arts, in workforce development, in education, in social issues, and many other ways for the betterment of the community and its people.