Groundbreaking was held Tuesday for Ball Corp.’s new Ball Aluminum Cup plant in Shannon. Corporate executives were on hand as the expansion formally got under way to produce what the company calls “our latest innovation — a lightweight and indefinitely recyclable cup.” What to expect: The aluminum cup plant is rising next to Ball’s aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant in Shannon. The goal is to start production later this year. Ball plans to hire 145 new employees for the cups facility and will make an overall $200 million investment here.
During his part ofTuesday’s presentation, Scotty Hancock, chair of the Floyd County Commission, praised the efforts of Ken Wright, the Rome Floyd Chamber’s former director of business and industry services, who played a big part in Ball’s decision to expand here. Wright, who left the chamber in October, started work in December as general manager of Carlsen Precision Manufacturing, another company he helped bring to Rome/Floyd County as part fo the chamber team.