Owens Illinois Reopens Bottle-making Plant

Brockway, PA - Owens Brockway, a division of Owens Illinois Glass Container North America, Toledo, Ohio, has recently reopened a 1906-vintage glass bottle plant in Brockway Pennsylvania, which had been idled since December 2000. Production in the newly refurbished plant began April 15, 2002, two weeks before the official reopening on April 30. The plant will be making clear glass bottles for Miller and Smirnoff Ice, and plans to make green glass bottles for Rolling Rock beer in 2003.

The shuttered plant was completely stripped down and refinished with two new bottle-making machines that produce bottles at the rate of 750 per minute. Brockway is considering the possibility of adding a $6 million ACL Decorating Process systems in the near future.