Ball Metalpack’s Milwaukee new line operational

Ball Metalpack has announced the addition of a new two-piece food can production line at its Milwaukee manufacturing plant in the US. The line is operational as of today. 

The new, high-speed two-piece food can production line will support the production of millions of food cans per year and will allow Ball Metalpack to meet growing demand from customers in the food and nutrition industries. This is the second high-speed two-piece production line at the Milwaukee plant, enabling the plant to have a quicker ramp-up time and a lower total cost structure. Ball Metalpack now has four high-speed two-piece can lines across its eight North American plants.

“We’re excited to launch our newest two-piece food can line, increasing our capacity and signalling our commitment to grow with our customer’s needs,” said Jim Peterson, Ball Metalpack chief executive officer. “We continue to see increased demand for our food cans and this large investment in our manufacturing capacity is the direct result of several long-term contracts with key customers.” 

Ball Metalpack will add approximately 50 additional employees to around 120 already working at the Milwaukee plant now, for a total of more than 170 workers. The company invests nearly $10 million annually with local suppliers for its two Wisconsin plants. 

This is the second new line to be added this year. The company announced a new high-speed aerosol can line in January at its DeForest, Wis., can manufacturing plant, which became operational earlier this year. 

To celebrate the expansion, Ball Metalpack hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and line commissioning on Wednesday 6 October at the Milwaukee plant.

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