Ball to open new US aluminum beverage can plant 2021

New plant to generate 230 manufacturing jobs

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Ball announces new US beverage can plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania; production scheduled to begin in mid-2021. Photo - Ball

Ball Corporation announced its plan to build a new US aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania. The multi-line plant is scheduled to begin production in mid-2021 and will create approximately 230 manufacturing jobs.

“Our new Pittston plant is Ball’s latest investment to serve accelerating demand for our portfolio of infinitely recyclable aluminum containers used in the sparkling water, spiked seltzer, beer and carbonated beverage categories,” said Daniel W Fisher, chief operating officer, global beverage packaging.

“Pittston will join our industry-leading network of more than 20 North American plants, including a new plant currently under construction in Glendale, Arizona, that is scheduled to start up early in the first quarter of 2021. These investments, supported by numerous long-term customer contracts, will enable us to serve customer and consumer needs for more sustainable beverage packaging while furthering our Drive for 10 vision for long-term success.”

Ball to invest US $ 300 million

Ball plans to make an initial investment of more than US $ 300 million (approximately Rs 2200 crore) in its Pittston facility over multiple years. The plant will supply customers with a portfolio of can sizes to serve the addressable market.

Ball chose Pittston for its new facility because of the existing infrastructure, proximity to main distribution routes, regional labor base, state and local officials’ cooperation during the site selection process, and Pennsylvania’s focus on sustainable growth. Infinitely recyclable and economically valuable, Ball’s aluminum cans, bottles, and cups enable a circular economy in which materials can be and are used again and again. 75% of all aluminum ever produced is still in use today.

Ball Corporation in India

Based in suburban Denver, Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, personal care, household products customers, and aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the US government. Ball and its subsidiaries employ more than 18,300 people worldwide, including India.

Ball in India is headquartered in Bengaluru with two beverage packaging manufacturing plants. Ball has made a significant investment in the country (Rs 1000 crore) with three state-of-the-art facilities. In 2006, the company set up its first beverage can-making plant in Taloja on Mumbai’s outskirts, and the second beverage can-making plant in Sri City, Andhra Pradesh, just four years ago. Ball also has an aerosol can plant located at Sanand in Gujarat, run by a separate management team. In addition, the company has a global IT center in Hyderabad.

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