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One of the largest manufacturers of aluminum packaging in the United States is bringing a major new plant to northeastern Pennsylvania, and at a time when the canning industry is facing a shortage in consumer trends during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Ball Corporation announced earlier this month that it is investing $ 300 million in a new aluminum beverage packaging plant in Pittston, Pennsylvania, which is expected to go online in mid-2021. Ball said the new factory will create about 230 jobs in the manufacturing sector.
The initial $ 300 investment will take place over several years for the facility that will produce aluminum packaging to meet demand in the sparkling water, spiked soda, beer and carbonated beverage markets. The factory’s canned products will be in a “portfolio” of formats.
Ball, headquartered in Westminster, Colorado, currently has more than 20 North American manufacturing facilities, including one currently under construction in Glendale, Arizona, which is expected to go into operation early in the first quarter of 2021.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Aug.25 that due to COVID-19 forcing the temporary and permanent closure of many bars and restaurants in the United States, many consumers have stocked up on canned beverages – as well as canned food – in the U.S. supermarkets. Coupled with the rapid growth of the canned hard seltzer market, the demand for canned packaging increased during the pandemic.
WSJ noted that Miller Lite owner Molson Coors said in July that part of the reason it had lost market share in the U.S. was due to the suspension of some canned beers because the brewer was having trouble finding tall enough cans. for Coors Light. WSJ said Molson Coors expects the shortage of 12-ounce cans to continue into the current third quarter.
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