Closures are in response to a reduction in standard 12-ounce beverage can demand.
Ball Corp., headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., has announced plans to halt production at its beverage can manufacturing plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla., by the end of 2012.
The Columbus plant currently operates two of four existing lines that produce standard 12-ounce cans. The Gainesville plant produces several different beverage can ends for standard can sizes.
"These actions are in response to a loss of standard 12-ounce beverage can volume beginning Jan. 1, 2013, as well as continued growth in specialty beverage can packaging, which is an increasingly important part of our business," says Raymond Seabrook, Ball executive vice president and COO, global packaging. "We will continue to actively manage our overall cost structure, pursue new specialty can opportunities and better position our manufacturing footprint to meet changing market conditions to offset the impact of the volume loss."