North American steel can manufacturer Ball Metalpack has invested in manufacturing capacity at its plant in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The company has opened a high-speed, two-piece food can production line to meet increased demand from food and nutrition customers.

The line is currently operational and is the second of its kind installed at the Milwaukee plant.

Ball Metalpack’s investment is also intended to expedite the plant’s ramp-up time and reduce its total cost structure.

As part of the expansion, the company will add around 50 employees to the existing team at the plant, which consists of around 120 workers.

Ball Metalpack CEO Jim Peterson said: “We’re excited to launch our newest two-piece food can line, increasing our capacity and signalling our commitment to growing with our customers’ needs.

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“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.”

In January, Ball Metalpack announced it would add a high-speed aerosol can line to its can manufacturing plant in DeForest, Wisconsin. The line became operational earlier this year.

The company invests almost $10m a year, together with local suppliers, in its two Wisconsin plants.

Ball Metalpack now operates a total of four high-speed, two-piece can lines across its eight North American plants.

Based in Broomfield, Colorado, the company supplies sustainable steel packaging solutions for the food and aerosol sectors.

It is a joint venture formed in June 2018 between Platinum Equity, which is its majority owner, and Ball Corporation.

Shortly after its foundation, Ball Metalpack was given a long-term manufacturing contract by consumer and commercial product manufacturer Newell Brands.

Under the contract, the company has produced metal lids and rings for Newell Brands’ Ball and Kerr home canning jars.