Ball Metalpack announces new aerosol can line

Ball Metalpack, has announced plans to launch a new high-speed aerosol can line at its DeForest, Wisconsin, US, can manufacturing plant. The line is expected to be operational in the second quarter of 2021.

The new line will be Ball Metalpack’s third steel aerosol can manufacturing line to be added within a 12-month period in the company’s US plant network, joining recently added high-speed aerosol can lines at the DeForest plant and at the company’s Chestnut Hill, Tenn., plant.

The new aerosol line at DeForest will support strong customer growth in categories such as household cleaning products and spray paint, among others.

To construct the line, Ball Metalpack is combining underutilized existing can-making assets with new state-of-the-art high-speed aerosol can manufacturing equipment, to bring the new line into production more cost-effectively and more quickly than if it had been built from scratch.

The company will add approximately 20 additional employees to the 90 working at the DeForest plant now, for a total of more than 110 workers.

“We are delighted to be able to support our customers’ continued growth with this new, state-of-the-art manufacturing capacity, and by our team’s ability to bring it online quickly and cost-effectively,” said Jim Peterson, Ball Metalpack chief executive officer.

“Over the past 12 months, our aerosol can demand has grown by double-digits, and with long-term customer contracts in place, we see no sign of this trend slowing down, even after the Covid-19 pandemic eases.”

The additional aerosol can manufacturing capacity added by Ball Metalpack in 2020 has been absorbed quickly by customer orders, Peterson added.

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