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Owens-Illinois James City County Plant Adds New Product Mix and Additional $20 Million in Facility Enhancements

May 20, 2010



Contact: Keith Taylor, (757) 253-6607                                      Kristie Martin,(567) 336-2991
               Economic Development Director                                Communications Specialist
               James City County                                                     O-I North America Glass   


Owens-Illinois (O-I) North America and James City County and its Economic Development Authority (EDA) are pleased to announce a new $20 million investment in the O-I Toano plant. The investment will fund additional machinery and tools to produce a diversified product mix of glass containers for the beer, spirits, and drug and chemical categories, as well as new carton and packing capabilities. These improvements are in addition to the $20 million in improvements announced 13 months ago and will add at least 20 new jobs to the current 180-person staff and $10 million payroll.

“The Toano team is excited to begin production on a new range of products, servicing additional customers,” said Charles Cochrane, O-I’s Toano plant manager. “The adjustments being made to the facility enhance our ability to be a flexible glass supplier and strengthen the plant’s position as a valuable asset in O-I’s manufacturing footprint.”

“This strategic management decision timeline was obviously on a fast track,” noted James City County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jim Kennedy. “Corporate officials at Owens –Illinois approached our Office of Economic Development barely one month ago, again requesting assistance to help them with their decision, and our responsiveness has paid off.” Kennedy represents the Stonehouse District in which O-I’s Toano plant is located.
With the County’s support, its Economic Development Authority (EDA) will be providing grant assistance tied to a performance-based agreement. Thomas Tingle, EDA Chairman, stated, “We are glad that Owens-Illinois came to the County to look for assistance with this set of facility improvements. We are happy to provide help.”

O-I is North America’s leading producer of glass containers, with 19 manufacturing operations located in the United States and Canada. The company’s glass container lines span a range of shapes and sizes.


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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