Media release: Ball Corp. is expanding –a $50 million investment that will add 40 jobs to Rome/Floyd County. The project was blessed Monday morning by the development authority. We’ll have additional coverage soon.
Ball Metal Beverage Container facility in Rome was acquired by Ball Corp. in 2009 and manufactures metal drinking beverage cans and lids for Anheuser-Busch and other local beverage companies.
“This investment in our Rome plant will expand Ball’s specialty packaging capabilities to meet customer demand for our innovative Alumi-Tek® bottle,” said Dan Fisher, president of Ball’s North American metal packaging business. “The plant’s location, excellent work force and the supportive environment for business growth in Rome and Floyd County played key roles in our decision to invest here. We worked closely with the Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce and its local members to bring this promising new project to Rome.”
Since 1880, Ball Corp. has been a supplier of high-quality packaging for beverage, food and household products. This manufacturer is also a supplier of aerospace technology and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ more than 15,200 people worldwide.
Floyd County Commission Chairman Larry Maxey said Floyd County is delighted in Ball Corp.’s expansion, as it creates new employment opportunities and catalyzes economic growth for all Rome/Floyd County citizens.
“Ball Corp. is known for their innovation and forward-thinking, and we are honored they continue to further invest and expand in Floyd County,” added Mr. Maxey. “It says a lot about our community to have such a state-of-the-art company expand in our vibrant community.”
Rome Mayor Jamie Doss said it is rewarding to see internationally-recognized manufacturers, like Ball Corporation, prosper in Rome and Floyd County.
“We’ve seen a terrific amount of employment growth projections for Rome and Floyd County,” said Mayor Doss. “zTrip recently announced its arrival with 160 jobs, and now the Ball Metal Beverage Container facility, a tremendous asset to our community, is expanding and adding 40 more jobs. We are now on the right trajectory to see robust job growth.”
Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce Chairman Curtis Gardner, of Sonny’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q, explained that the retention and expansion of businesses, as well as attracting new primary employers, are made possible by community marketing supported through the Chamber’s Partners in Prosperity III program. Partners in Prosperity III, Mr. Gardner stated, focuses on creating a diverse local economy to support job growth, coinciding with goals from the community and economic Rome-Floyd County 20/20 Strategic Plan III.
The Rome-Floyd County 20/20 Strategic Plan III — a joint venture of the Rome City Commission, Floyd County Commission and Greater Rome Chamber of Commerce — is designed to build on the current community’s foundation of a talented, skilled labor force and solid infrastructure, which fosters growth, innovation and prosperity.
“I would personally like to thank all of our Partners in Prosperity III investors, who continue to have a sincere interest in increasing the economic landscape of our community,” said Mr. Gardner. “Investing in our community is tantamount to bringing quality jobs to our community and cultivates business opportunities for all of us. It’s important to recognize that small businesses, such as my own, prosper when companies like Ball Corporation choose to invest in our community, and also when their employees conduct business within our community.”
Special thank you to the Georgia Department of Economic Development, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, Georgia EMC, City of Rome, Floyd County, the Rome-Floyd County Development Authority, the Development Authority of Floyd County, and the chamber for their support.