The new facility, which will entail an investment of $240m, is expected to meet the consumer demand for eco-friendly, recyclable, and sustainable food and beverage packaging


O-I Glass to construct a new glass plant in Bowling Green, KY. (Credit: O-I Glass, Inc.)

US-based glass products manufacturer O-I Glass has unveiled its plans to construct a new greenfield glass plant in Kentucky, US.

The plant, located in the city of Bowling Green, is expected to meet the consumer demand for eco-friendly, recyclable, and sustainable food and beverage packaging.

O-I Glass is expanding its ability to provide its clients with quality glass containers that help promote their brands in response to growing consumer demand for sustainable food and beverage packaging.

The firm intends to invest up to $240m in several phases and will add around 140 new jobs to the area.

The new facility will be the first plant developed especially for O-I’s MAGMA technology, which is expected to completely change how glass is produced in the future.

The technology is expected to further improve the company’s capabilities to support multiple product categories and expand differentiated product segments.

The manufacturing plant is anticipated to raise the bar for sustainable glass production.

It will also improve O-I’s sustainability roadmap by utilising renewable power, gas-oxy fuel, and other advanced technologies.

The products from the plant are intended for the Premium Spirits market

O-I Glass CEO Andres Lopez said: “O-I is determined to be the most innovative, sustainable and chosen supplier of brand-building packaging solutions.

“The new plant is an important milestone as we continue the pursuit of our expansion plan in the US and globally, building a bright future for the company and its stakeholders.

“Glass is more relevant than ever, and we are proud to support our customers with innovative solutions.”

The new facility, by being close to important clients in the Bourbon region, will reduce logistics and further enhance O-I’s customer service, flexibility, and sustainability.

The first manufacturing line is anticipated to begin in the middle of 2024, followed by up to two additional lines to meet the demands of the expanding market and further MAGMA development, said the firm.