Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) announced this week plans for a new, state-of-the-art metal beverage packaging plant in Goodyear, Arizona,  with production set for the second quarter of 2018.

The new facility will add an estimated 120 jobs with a high-wage average base salary during the first phase, and also marks the largest first phase investment in the city of Goodyear history. The advanced, high-tech facility will serve growing customer demand for specialty cans in the Southwestern U.S. 

“We’re excited to begin construction on our new beverage packaging manufacturing facility in Goodyear,” said Carlos Medeiros, president, Ball Beverage Packaging North & Central America. “The Phoenix area’s skilled technical workforce and business-friendly environment are ideal for this expansion of our U.S. operations, which will allow us to better serve growing customer demand for specialty beverage cans in the southwest.”

The Goodyear site selected for the new facility made for an attractive selection due to the infrastructure in place, such as fully developed power, water and gas lines, and its proximity to the Loop 303 and Interstate 10 providing quicker distribution to filler facilities on the west coast. 

“I am pleased to welcome Ball Corporation to Goodyear,” said Mayor Georgia Lord. “The PV|303 Business Park has become a premier location for technologically advanced manufacturing and logistics facilities as evidenced by this decision from Ball Corporation, which will mark the largest capital investment by a company in Goodyear’s history. Goodyear’s skilled workforce and simplified development process has created an environment where companies feel confident they will be successful. We look forward to working with Ball Corporation and greatly appreciate their commitment to our community.”  

Ball Corporation was founded in 1880 and employs more than 18,450 employees worldwide in over 100 locations. The new Goodyear facility will be located along the Loop 303. 

“Greater Phoenix is a hub for manufacturing facilities; more than 2,700 Arizona-based companies make this state one of the nation’s largest supply chain contributors for advanced manufacturing,” said Greater Phoenix Economic Council President & CEO, Chris Camacho. “Ball Corporation’s announcement for a new, cutting edge facility in Goodyear with more than 100 high-wage jobs will continue to build the story for Greater Phoenix as a place for business to go to scale.” 

“I’m pleased that another large legacy manufacturer, Ball Corporation, has chosen to expand its operations in Arizona, joining a growing number of industries in the Goodyear area,” said Sandra Watson, president & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “Ball’s expansion is further evidence that more companies nationwide are taking notice that Arizona has the synergy, the friendly business environment and the enviable quality of life that creates the perfect formula for success.”

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