“We are increasing our capacity for manufacturing specialty cans at our customers’ request to allow them to further differentiate their products and enhance their business,” said Djalma Novaes, president of Crown’s Americas Division. “The Nichols plant will give Crown a stronger position in the specialty market and also allow us to rebalance our 12-ounce can portfolio while reducing our overall system costs, including freight.”
The new plant will have the capability to produce two-piece aluminum cans in a range of sizes to meet the varying needs of Crown’s beverage customers in the region. The facility, which is scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2017, is also expected to bring more than 160 new jobs to the Southern Tier Region.
“We are seeing real growth in demand for specialty can sizes among brands in the United States,” Janice Dunphy, VP sales and marketing, CROWN Beverage Packaging North America, added. “They are proving to be the ideal format for a broad range of beverage categories, including soft drinks, beer, ready-to-drink tea, coffee, spirits, sparkling water, wine, juice, cider and nutritional beverages.”
Crown currently operates 15 beverage can plants in North America, manufacturing aluminum cans ranging in size from 7.5-ounce to 16-ounce, as well as a variety of beverage can ends. The Nichols plant will represent the industry’s first greenfield facility in the US in more than 20 years.