Site work almost completed for Crown’s new plant in Kentucky

Metal packaging manufacturer Crown Holdings has outlined its new environmental sustainability goals up to 2020 in a submission to the Carbon Disclosure Project’s (CDP) climate change program.

Construction work has started at Crown’s new beverage can plant in Kentucky.

Announced in February, the US$148 million facility at Bowling Green is the latest in a number of capacity additions as the US canmaker invests to meet rising demand for beverage cans.

When production starts in the second quarter of 2021, the 327,000sqft plant will be ramping up to an output of 1.3 billion cans a year. The line is said to be capable of running at up to 2,800 cans per minute.

In May, site work at the Kentucky Transpark was being completed by contractor Scott & Murphy using health at work practices.

More than 125 jobs will be created at the plant, providing an economic boost for the community.

Gerry Gifford, operations chief at Philadelphia-based Crown, said: “Crown is excited to invest in the community of Bowling Green. We believe that this will be an ideal location for our new facility, which will help meet the growing demand for aluminium beverage cans, the world’s most recycled and responsible beverage packaging format.

“We would like to express our appreciation for the support of the city of Bowling Green, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Warren County, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Tennessee Valley Authority and Warren County Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation.”

Crown, which has a 22 per cent share of North America’s 97bn beverage can market, recently added a third production line in its plant at Nichols, New York, and converted a food can line to make beverage cans at Weston in Ontario.