Construction continues on Ball’s new aluminum cup plant in Shannon, rising adjacent to Ball’s existing aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant. Production at the new plant is expected to begin in fourth quarter 2020, says Renee Robinson, director of Corporation Communications.
“Construction is ongoing at the new cups plant in Rome and it is on track to begin production in the 4th quarter of this year,” she says. “We are planning to hire approximately 145 employees there and hiring has already begun. Information on job postings can be found at jobs.ball.com and on LinkedIn.”
In addition, Ball is also adding an additional line at the beverage can manufacturing plant. It is on schedule to come online in the second half of 2020, says Robinson. Ball is investing approximately $200 million in the manufacturing facilities in Floyd County.
About the Ball Aluminum Cups: In response to growing consumer demand for sustainable products, Ball identified an opportunity to create an innovative alternative to plastic cups. Just like an aluminum can, which has a global recycling rate of 69 percent, the aluminum cup can be recycled an infinite number of times without losing quality. In fact, 75 percent of aluminum ever produced is still in use today. Lightweight, sturdy and cool to the touch, the aluminum cup offers consumers a better beverage drinking experience and is a game changer for retailers, entertainment venues and concessionaires who want to offer more sustainable packaging options.
When the Rome plant is fully operational, Ball plans to introduce additional sizes to round out its cups portfolio and intends to expand adoption of the cups to drinking establishments, parks and recreation, colleges and universities, hospitality, restaurants, business and industry. Ball is partnering with Acosta to launch the brand into retail and on-premise outlets in 2021. Details