Silgan goes silver

It’s been 25 years since Greg Horrigan and Phil Silver created the canmaking group Silgan. John Nutting charts their history
Silgan Container, North America’s leading manufacturer of food cans, an increasingly global player in metal closures, and now a player in central and eastern Europe, this month could be celebrating the 25th anniversary of its founding in 1987.
But the canmaker, part of Silgan Holdings based in Stamford, Connecticut, is unlikely to be blowing its trumpet. Says chief executive Tony Allott: “While we are avid champions for the can, we prefer the spotlight on the attributes of the package and not on our own activities.”