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Ball is all set to invest $8.5m in a bid to expand its metal packaging manufacturing facility for food and household products in Springdale, US.

According to a news release from the city’s Chamber of Commerce, the company will install a production line to produce aerosol cans used for paint, health and beauty items, as part of the plant expansion.

Chamber of Commerce president Perry Webb said manufacturing in Springdale continues to show strong signs of growth and the expansion is good news for the city.

"This expansion by Ball is another example of our economy’s continued post-recession growth," Webb added.

In April 2012, Ball’s Springdale plant was selected to receive 2011 the R David Hoover sustainability award.

The 286,000ft² plant, which was opened in 1949, reported achievements including an improved safety record, a cut down in electricity usage by 3% per unit of production, installation of a water metering system, expansion of its recycling programme, and a reduction of 76% in its waste to landfill.

Out of the total of 61 around the globe, five Ball plants earned the Hoover sustainability award for achieving significant improvements in economic, social and environmental performances in the award programme’s inaugural year.

Ball supplies packaging for beverage, food and household products customers.

The company and its subsidiaries, which employ more than 14,500 people worldwide, reported sales of more than $8.6bn in 2011.

Image: As part of the Springdale plant expansion ball install a new production line, which will produce aerosol cans used for paint,health and beauty items. Photo: Ball Packaging Europe Holding GmbH & Co. KG.