Business: Ball Corp. wasting no time in Shannon; $20 million permit pulled. Coosa Valley’s new HQ getting closer. Berry’s Ford Auditorium update looks stunning.

Business: Ball Corp. wasting no time in Shannon; $20 million permit pulled. Coosa Valley’s new HQ getting closer. Berry’s Ford Auditorium update looks stunning.

Ball Corp. to build new aluminum cups manufacturing plant in Shannon.

Ball Corp. is not wasting time on its growth plans for the Shannon area. A permit valued at $20 million for new construction has been filed with the building department. The company recently announced a $200 million expansion that will bring 180 new jobs to the region.

The local operation received a nod in Ball’s third quarter earnings report. Notes John A. Hayes, chairman, president and chief executive officer:

“During the quarter, our global beverage volumes increased 4 percent and our aerospace contracted backlog increased 9 percent. With global customer and consumer demand for aluminum packaging solutions continuing to outpace existing supply, we are focused on improving operational efficiencies and ramping up previously announced line additions, speed-ups and greenfield plant expansions to add at least 5 billion units of capacity over the next 12-18 months. In addition, the successful launch of our new lightweight aluminum cup has accelerated our plans to construct a dedicated aluminum cup manufacturing facility in Rome, Ga.

Ball posted net earnings of $92 million in the third quarter ending Sept. 30, up from $59 million from a year earlier. Through nine months, earnings were $406 million vs. $304 million in 2018. You can view the financial report here.

Here’s the latest view of the new headquarters for Coosa Valley Credit Union as seen from the Bypass looking toward Redmond Circle. The image is from Graham Commercial Contractors, LLC. According to the Facebook post: “Foundation is done on the new Rome (headquarters) of Coosa Valley Credit Union. We are wrapping up the steel structure with the wall framing beginning today. Starting to see the layout come together.” The credit union hopes to open at the new location in early 2020.

This update from Cevian Design Lab on Berry College’s Ford Auditorium: “With the removal of the scaffolding, the completed renovation of the ceiling at Ford Auditorium is fully revealed. Construction now continues on the rest of the renovation with anticipated completion in early January 2020.” You’ll find additional photos of the Ford project on Cevian’s Facebook page.

About the project:

Ford Auditorium is in the final stages of a $6.3 million renovation that will create “a first-class performance and recital hall for the music program” as described in a Berry release earlier this year. It continues: “The renovation plans include an enlarged stage, new seating, a redesigned balcony, digital lighting and sound systems, high-performance acoustics including all-wood ceiling, wood-carved acoustical paneling, adjustable acoustical banners and sound reflectors and restoration of historic elements, such as wood carvings and stained glass. Improvements will also include new mechanical and curtain systems, climate-controlled instrument storage, and a renovated lobby. More than 400 donors have contributed to the project.”


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