Morning Minutes: A-B invests in aluminum, St. Louis startups see funding jump

Minutes 12-19Here are this morning’s top business headlines from across Missouri:

A-B investing $150 million, adding 70 jobs at aluminum bottle plant

Anheuser-Busch is investing $150 million and adding 70 jobs to increase the production capacity of its aluminum bottle facility in Arnold. The expansion, which will double the plant’s production of aluminum bottles, comes amid strong demand for Budweiser and Bud Light in the resealable aluminum bottles.

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St. Louis Chamber: $222 million in venture capital for area startups

St. Louis-based startups have raised about $222 million in venture capital in 2014, according to the St. Louis Regional Chamber. The current total represents a significant spike over the $19.1 million that had been raised by local startups through the first half of the year.

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Postal Service rebuffs senators’ pleas to save processing centers

The head of the U.S. Postal Service said the 2015 closure of 82 postal service processing centers nationwide, including facilities in Springfield and Cape Girardeau, is a necessity. That assertion comes despite an effort by Missouri Sens. Roy Blunt and Claire McCaskill, along with 28 other senators, to delay the shuttering of the facilities.

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Perficient acquires Milwaukee IT consultancy for $35.7 million

Town and Country-based IT consultancy Perficient will acquire Milwaukee-based consulting firm Zeon Solutions Inc. for $35.7 million in cash and stock. Perficient is also acquiring a Zeon subsidiary, Grand River Interactive LLC, and an Indian affiliate that are collectively known as Zeon Solutions.

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McCaskill joins star-studded chorus for Colbert Report finale

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill joined a chorus of comedians, musicians, actors and other elected officials — plus a couple of Sesame Street characters — Thursday night in helping close out the final episode Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report.”

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