Colorado’s Ball Corporation announced earlier this week its plans to construct a new aluminum end manufacturing facility in Kentucky. The firm intends to begin construction early next year.
Ball’s new facility will produce sheet aluminium for use in beverage cans, which it intends to market to various regional and national customers. Noting the rise in popularity of the aluminium beverage can of late, Ball says it anticipates expanding the facility over several years by constructing additional end modules.
Colin Gillis, president of Ball Corporation beverage packaging for North and Central America, said the plant is one of at least three new aluminium beverage can plants it will construct in the coming years.
“Our new Bowling Green, Kentucky, facility will provide aluminum end supply to Ball’s expanding North American network of beverage can manufacturing plants. Bowling Green will join our industry-leading network of more than 20 North American plants, including two new beverage can manufacturing plants currently under construction in Glendale, Arizona, and Pittston, Pennsylvania, scheduled to start up in early- and mid-2021, respectively. These investments will align our end production with our beverage can capacity investments, and are supported by numerous long-term customer contracts to serve the unprecedented demand for sustainable aluminum packaging while furthering Ball’s Drive for 10 vision for long-term success.”
The new plant will be built in Bowling Green, which Ball says was chosen due to its proximity to main transportation routes and cooperation from state and local government. It also notes the robust labor market in the area, from which it plans to select about 200 individuals for positions at the plant.
Based in suburban Denver, Ball Corporation produces consumer food and beverage packaging for customers around the world. The firm employs 17,500 individuals and boasted net sales of US$11.5 billion in 2019.