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Owens-Illinois Toano Plant Announces $20 Million Facility Improvements

Date: February 20, 2009
Contact: Keith Taylor, Secretary Economic Development Authority  James City County


Phone: 757-253-6607 




Owens-Illinois (O-I) North America, James City County, and its Economic Development Authority (EDA) are pleased to announce a $20 million facility improvements of the Toano manufacturing plant. These facility improvements will allow the Toano plant to be more cost effective in its operation while retaining all 180 existing jobs and its payroll of $10 million.


O-I opened its Toano plant on February 29, 1980 in Hankins Industrial Park in the Stonehouse district of James City County. Jim Kennedy, Board of Supervisors Chairman and the representative of the Stonehouse District commented, “We are pleased with the announcement of facility improvements at Owens-Illinois. I am glad that our Economic Development Team worked to provide available assistance to make this retention of existing industry.”


The EDA will be providing grant assistance based on performance-based agreements. Thomas Tingle, EDA Chairman, stated, “We are glad that Owens-Illinois came to the County to look for assistance with their facility improvements. We are happy to provide help.”


O-I is North America’s leading producer of glass containers, with 24 manufacturing operations located in the United States and Canada. The company’s glass container lines span a range of shapes and sizes for food, beer, wine, spirits and other non-alcoholic beverages.


The James City County EDA is a seven-member voluntary Board whose members are appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and serve staggered four-year terms. The Authority's mission is to assist the County and its Office of Economic Development in expanding James City County's business tax and job bases.




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