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Virginia Manufacturing Jobs Maintained by O-I

Posted on April 30, 2009

One company is upgrading much of its equipment in an effort to maintain several Virginia manufacturing jobs.

It was recently announced that Owens-Illinois, Inc. will invest $20 million to upgrade equipment at its manufacturing plant in James City County. The upgrades, made possible through a public-private collaboration, will enhance the energy efficiency and technological capabilities of the plant, as well as maintain the plant’s 180 employees. Owens-Illinois manufactures glass containers for food, beer, wine, spirits and non-alcoholic beverages.

“O-I is seizing the opportunity to make the James City County plant stronger and more competitive, which will help keep quality manufacturing jobs in James City County,” Gov. Timothy M. Kaine said in a press release. “Together, we are working to keep jobs in the region and the Commonwealth during this challenging economic time. As the largest manufacturer of glass containers in the world, Virginia is proud to boast this corporate partner.”

Owens-Illinois, headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio, employs more than 23,000 workers throughout 80 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries. The company has the leasing position in Europe, North America, Asia Pacific and Latin America and provides consumer-preferred, 100-percent recyclable glass containers.

“We want to thank the Commonwealth of Virginia and James City County’s economic development team for their assistance,” Charles Cochrane, manager of the James City County plant, said in the press release. “Their combined support and our positive experience in Virginia will help us keep our Toano plant one of O-I’s more cost-efficient facilities. These investments also will help us be more competitive.”

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with James City County to help secure the project for Virginia. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance to the plant’s workers through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The funds will be used to re-train employees on new and upgraded equipment.

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