O-I Glass broke ground on a new glass manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, creating up to 140 full-time jobs for Kentuckians with a multiphase investment of up to $240 million.
“I want to congratulate leaders at O-I Glass as the company moves forward with this incredible project creating up to 140 full-time jobs in Warren County,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “I am proud the commonwealth will be home to this innovative facility that introduces new technology to increase speed and efficiency within the company’s manufacturing process. I look forward to a long and successful partnership between Kentucky and O-I Glass.”
“Kentucky’s manufacturing sector is one of the best in the country because of companies like O-I Glass investing and believing in what the commonwealth and our people have to offer,” said Lt. Gov. Coleman. “I am thrilled to be here today celebrating this incredible achievement for O-I Glass and the city of Bowling Green.”
The new location will provide the company with critical, localized production capacity of glass packaging for a variety of consumer beverages, with a focus on the premium spirits market. The project will be the first purpose-built facility of its kind to use the new technology known as Modular Advanced Glass Manufacturing Asset (MAGMA), to increase speed-to-market and efficiency in the manufacturing process. The Warren County operation will include renewable electricity, gas-oxy fuel and other innovative technology and processes.
“O-I’s proprietary MAGMA glass-making technology, and the new plant here in Bowling Green built around this technology, will continue our journey to transform the future of glass container production,” said Andres Lopez, CEO of O-I Glass. “This facility will showcase our next-generation capabilities, from a new modular batch system, the MAGMA melter and new forming machines to sustainability advancements and the look and feel of the factory itself. Here, in Bowling Green, in proximity to the Bourbon Trail, this state-of-the-art facility will demonstrate the value of near-location and will be a key hub for future customer collaboration. It will also serve as place where our investors, customers, and other stakeholders can explore and collaborate.”
O-I Glass is a Fortune 500 company that has specialized in the manufacture of glass packaging for nearly 120 years. The company operates globally with approximately 24,000 employees worldwide. O-I’s MAGMA technology reimagines the glassmaking process with a flexible, modular glass production system.
This project adds to Kentucky’s thriving manufacturing sector, which includes more than 5,000 facilities and employs over 250,000 people statewide. Administration-to-date, more than 570 new location and expansion projects from manufacturers are expected to create nearly 29,000 full-time jobs with approximately $22 billion in new investments.
Warren County Judge/Executive Doug Gorman noted the company’s sustainable manufacturing practices and welcomed them to the community.
“I am thrilled that O-I Glass has chosen to invest in our community and bring new jobs to our area,” said Judge Gorman. “Their commitment to sustainable manufacturing practices and reducing their environmental impact is aligned with our values and priorities in Warren County. We look forward to successfully partnering with the company and welcoming them to our community.”
Bowling Green Mayor Todd Alcott highlighted the area’s strong workforce and business-friendly environment and looks forward to the company’s future success.
“O-I Glass’ investment in our community is a testament to the strength of our workforce and the pro-business environment we have worked hard to cultivate in Bowling Green,” said Mayor Alcott. “We are proud to have O-I Glass as part of our business community and look forward to their continued success in our city.”
Ron Bunch, CEO of the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, thanked the partners and organizations who helped bring this project to the community.
“We are excited to welcome O-I Glass to Bowling Green,” said Bunch. “We highly appreciate their decision to choose our community for this exceptional project and extend our immense gratitude to our numerous partners, including Atmos Energy, TVA, Warren County Water District, Warren RECC and our Presidents Club investors, for enabling us to succeed in such endeavors.”
For more information on O-I Glass, visit O-I.com.
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