O-I Plant Opening
With the overall increase
in glass use in beverage bottling over the past several years due to its
premium image, Owens-Illinois Inc. built a new glass manufacturing plant in
Beginning this month, the new facility will produce
more than 1 billion beer bottles annually, placing it among the highest
output glass container plants in the world. This facility will increase
O-I’s production capacity by 2 percent in the United States and by 5
The plant is the glass packaging industry’s first
new manufacturing plant in more than 20 years, and O-I’s first new
glass container manufacturing plant in the United States since 1980.
“This facility embodies all the technological advancements O-I has
achieved in the past 25 years,” says Matt Longthorne, president of
North America, glass.
O-I’s pursuit of the highest level of technology
has led it to be a supplier for Anheuser-Busch, and this
450,000-square-foot plant will help serve A-B’s growing needs. The
facility will mainly conduct process control and lightweight bottling.
During a 10-year period the plant expects to bring
$461 million to the state of Colorado, and will create 173 new U.S.-based
manufacturing jobs. BI