Arglass Yamamura has officially broken ground at its Georgia, USA site.

Plant officials and local dignitaries took part in the symbolic event last week at the site in Valdosta-Lowndes County.

These included Arglass CEO Jose Arozamena, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp, as well Lowndes County Commissioner Chairman Bill Slaughter and mayor John Gayle.

The new container glassmaking site will create 150 jobs in the local area.

“Georgia, specifically the Valdosta region, will allow us to run a very flexible, efficient, and cost-effective manufacturing operation, while remaining close to our customer base in the South and eastern parts of the United States,” said Arglass Yamamura CEO José de Diego-Arozamena.

“We wish to thank local and state officials who have been instrumental in the site selection process and look forward to working with local businesses as we become an active member of the Valdosta community.”

Arglass Yamamura is a joint venture partnership between Japan-based Nihon Yamamura Glass Co., Ltd. and Cambium Arglass, a privately-held investment company.

Arglass Yamamura was created to serve customers’ needs for flexibility, efficiency and customisation and help reduce the need to import glass bottles from foreign glass plants.

The company will operate a facility that incorporates the latest glass forming technology and cutting-edge environmental controls for a reduced environmental footprint.

Furnace start-up begins Q4 2020 and will be fully operational Q1 2021. Production capacity is 100,000 metric tons per year/265,000,000 units per year.