Ardagh to set up US manufacturing facility for metal packaging

7 August 2013 (Last Updated August 7th, 2013 18:30)

Ardagh Group has announced plans to establish a $93.5m metal packaging factory at Roanoke in Virginia.

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Ardagh Group has announced plans to establish a $93.5m metal packaging factory at Roanoke in Virginia.

The company has purchased a 525,000ft² former Hanover Direct distribution centre for the plant.

The facility will manufacture 4.5 million cans a day, approximately 5% of the total US food can market.

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said that Virginia is happy to be hosting the project, having faced competition from six other states.

"The new manufacturing plant is Ardagh Group's first operation in the Commonwealth, and will allow the company to easily serve contracts with its expanding global customer base," McDonnell added.

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership collaborated with Roanoke County and the Roanoke Regional Partnership to secure the project for Virginia.

A $750,000 grant was approved from the Governor's Opportunity Fund to assist with the project.

Ardagh Metal Packaging USA CEO James Willich said: "Our expansion into Roanoke County was the result of evaluating a variety of qualifications, including, but not limited to, the proximity to our major customer, favourable business tax structure, skilled labour and reasonable cost of living for our employees, as well as logistical advantages."

The company, which provides metal and glass packaging solutions for food, beverage and consumer brands, has more than 100 facilities across the globe, producing 26.6 billion containers annually.


Image: Ardagh's Roanoke County facility will manufacture 4.5 million cans per day. Photo: courtesy of freedigitalphotos/bplanet.