Village Releases Statement on Pabst Move

Woodridge is currently the corporate home for Pabst.

The Village of Woodridge has released the following statement regarding the repartee of Pabst headquarters to L.A.

''According to Village sources, the owners of Pabst wanted to relocate their corporate headquarters to where they live in California.  Pabst last reported to the Village that they have 26 employees at their Woodridge office and that they occupy 12,000 sq. ft.  Pabst relocated to Woodridge from San Antonio in 2006, and the Village did not provide any incentives for them to relocate.

Pabst has benefited from its proximity near the crossroads of two major regional expressways (I-355 and I-55). Woodridge continues to have a strong corporate presence and is home to several nationally renowned company’s such as Allstate, Navistar, Follett Educational Services, Home Run Inn and the Morey Corporation.  Woodridge is advantageously located at the crossroads of two major interstates (I-355 and I-55), and has premier access to regional transportation infrastructure. In addition to Woodridge’s 1.4 million SF of retail space, there is over 670,000 SF of office and 10.4 million SF of office/warehouse space in nine business parks with over 175 businesses and 6,500 employees.''

The statement was released by Jack Knight, management analyst for the village. Knight said Mayor William F. Murphy was unavailable for comment.

Pabst has not released a statement or responded for comment on the move. 


Pabst is moving its corporate headquarters from Woodridge to L.A., according to a story by the Chicagoist. 

The Chicagoist published an e-mail today forwarded to the news source from Pabst CEO John Cochran. In the e-mail, Cochran writes: 

"After much contemplation and several thorough reviews of the current Pabst’ corporate structure and capabilities, I have decided that we will be moving the headquarters to Los Angeles this summer and closing the Woodridge office.

As we build a strong leadership team, it is imperative that we are all together and in one location. This is not an easy decision and we have a wonderful group of employees in Woodridge but I believe it is what is best for Pabst."

In the posted e-mail, Cochran said the timing of the move would be end of summer 2011. He also said some of the Woodridge jobs may be moved to the Milwaukee or San Antonion offices, but he hoped some of the Woodridge employees would make the move west. 

The Chicagoist reported Pabst relocated to Woodridge from San Antonio five years ago as part of an incentive-laden deal with the state. The site also reported there was speculation about a move since last year, when Cochran bought the company and installed himself as president. 

Tony Cesare May 12, 2011 at 09:52 PM
Pabst in LA?!?! That's just wrong.
Cliff Grammich May 13, 2011 at 03:08 AM
I had no idea that Pabst was still brewed, much less that its corporate headquarters was in Woodridge. I also never thought it'd be an Angelino beer, but who can deny the Hollywood production values of http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VY9ukXsbEUw or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQoghzFUT7g&NR=1? ;-)
Captain George Dowling May 14, 2011 at 08:24 PM
lol, i live in Marathon, Fl. [the "Keys", drank "Pabst", when i was younger], 58, now; my favorite bar/restaurant, "Spaky's Landing", on Key Colony; has 16ounce, cans, for $2.00!... all the time! Not just, a "Happy Hour", Special!Good Beer, at a "Great Price"!... Hymmmn, 4:22pm! Time, for a "Pabst"!... [if you want me, i'm at "Sparky's"!... Captain George Dowling
kevin hurley May 14, 2011 at 09:20 PM
Who cares whaere it's headquartered - it's still the cheaest (best) around.
rick obrien May 14, 2011 at 09:53 PM
Piss poor reporting. Where is Woodrigde located? Melissa gives the crossroads twice but doesn't mention the state.
Eddie Hank May 14, 2011 at 10:04 PM
yeah, I remember "good o'l" Pabst it's pretty good , (for the price)
Lawrence May 14, 2011 at 10:55 PM
I have worked in this Beverage Industry since 1976. I was a Great career, however ifYou follow the Industry----Of all the Top 3/4 Beer Companies in the US, they are ALL bought out By Oversees Companies,along with all of its Branches( a very Large Number of Leading Brewers are now gone from the US Ownership and Now Owned By Oversees Corp. Very Very sad that this Industry has Gone South to speak and Once Again America Sells Out and Don't Care about American Workers!!!!!!!!!!!
BD May 14, 2011 at 11:35 PM
I was born and raised in Milwaukee. I grew up with three breweries in town, Pabst , Schlitz, and Miller. I worked for a while at Schlitz and met the then owners. the Uihlein family. On a hot summer day in July, nothing was better than taking a brewery tour. First, Schlitz and Pabst closed, and only Miller remains. It's not the same now. Pabst Blue Ribbon was cheap, yes, but it also tasted good. Schlitz and Miller held their own, and still do to some extent. Call me a beer snob, but I only drink beer made in Wisconsin. I protest about conglomerations of Beer Companies nowadays, Does regional brewing exist anymore? Besides micro and macro brews, who brews beer locally anymore? Anyone?
john May 14, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Isent that like changing a belief system. Kinda like a trader, as in ben arnold. I mean you got the system from the people you love where you live. and now your about to shew them off like a bad habit. Realy come on Pabst. I love your beer .American an all that ,Family,friends, Location location location. If you move were done. im a bud or Cores man. I need you here We need you here. next thing you know you will be owned by Chi ,,,,oh you know . Then where will we all be. Its bad enough in this Country any more with out someone like you doing this crap.
ronremnod May 15, 2011 at 01:32 AM
i live in maine and grow up on p b r the other day i heard will ferrell on g m a saying that p b r was the worst beer he ever drank thats not right i love p b r sorry i cant afford his beer
lewis dickerson May 15, 2011 at 01:49 AM
pbr is my favorite beer,i hope they keep the same brewing practices pbr is making a Big comeback!
dale May 15, 2011 at 04:10 AM
i didnt know they still made that shit, hoghair
dale May 15, 2011 at 04:14 AM
worst beer ever
Melissa Sersland (Editor) May 15, 2011 at 04:57 AM
Thank you for your comments! I apologize that Woodridge's location wasn't more explicitly mentioned in story. This site is devoted to news for Woodridge, Ill., and therefore the state clarifier isn't usually needed.
Scott May 15, 2011 at 12:57 PM
I remember as a young boy in the early 50's my dad and mom having a PBR with the pizza dad would sometimes bring home for dinner. Another beer from those happy times was Carling Black Lable beer-- "Hey Mable, Black Label, Carling Black Lable Beer!"
Scott May 15, 2011 at 01:01 PM
I mean "Mabel" and "Label"
William Moorefield May 15, 2011 at 01:36 PM
Someone mentioned Carling Black Label. Good beer, especially the 3.2 version back when we were just 18. And the jingle, " Hey Mabel, get off the table! The quarter's for the Beer!" Yeah, those were the days.
Fred May 15, 2011 at 01:56 PM
I lived in Milwaukee back in the 70's and one of the highlights was touring the Pabst brewery on a hot summer day and having a cold Andekker straight from the tap. An awesome brew, designed to compete with Michelob but long gone. Still enjoy Pabst (it finished second a few years ago in a national taste test by Consumer's Reports, for you naysayers) as it is probably the best value on the market. Certainly better than anything called "light"!
Jeff May 15, 2011 at 02:25 PM
I have Shiner Bock, that is still brewed in Shiner Texas. Gets a lot of play in the region.
Jeff May 15, 2011 at 02:26 PM
Oh yea...Black Label!!! We also drank some cheap Pearl, that had the games on the cap.
Jeff May 15, 2011 at 02:29 PM
Good Point Fred...PBR is a great beer. I challenged some guys in my hood, who were making fun of me for having in my fridge..saying I was a tight ass. They all failed to pick it out with Bud and Michelob. I made fun of them for paying 50% of the cost of bud is marketing and promotion.
john May 15, 2011 at 02:36 PM
I dont like it in a can. But on tap, man I just love it.


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