O-I to construct glass manufacturing facility in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA.

The new plant will be the first facility purposely built for O-I’s MAGMA technology.

MAGMA is expected to further enhance O-I’s capabilities to support multiple product categories and expand in today’s highly differentiated product segments.

The company plans to invest up to $240 million in multiple expansion waves over time and create approximately 140 new jobs in the region.

The production facility is also expected to set new standards in sustainable glass manufacturing by using renewable electricity, gas-oxy fuel and other innovative solutions.

Andres Lopez, CEO of O-I Glass, said: “O-I is determined to be the most innovative, sustainable and chosen supplier of brand-building packaging solutions. The new plant is an important milestone as we continue the pursuit of our expansion plan in the US and globally, building a bright future for the company and its stakeholders. Glass is more relevant than ever, and we are proud to support our customers with innovative solutions.”

The MAGMA melter, and its footprint, are significantly smaller than a legacy glass furnace. A smaller system size and alternative materials used in its construction allow the MAGMA melter to reduce waste and construction materials needed.

The new facility will serve the Premium Spirits category. The proximity to key customers in Bourbon country will reduce logistics and further enhance O-I’s customer service, flexibility, and sustainability.

Start of the first production line is expected mid-year 2024 followed by up to two more production lines to serve the growing market and continued development of MAGMA.