Specialty cans, defined as sizes other than the standard diameter for 12-ounce beverages, have become a popular format for a variety of categories including soft drinks, beer, ready-to-drink teas, coffee, sparkling waters, wine and spirits, juices and other functional beverages.
“Beverage cans remain a valued, trusted format with consumers around the world due to their portability, durability and sustainability. In the United States, demand for specialty can sizes is flourishing as brand owners seek to refresh their packaging mix and increase appeal to different demographics,” said Timothy J. Donahue, president and CEO of Crown.
The facility produces two-piece aluminum cans in a range of sizes and is set to create more than 160 new jobs by 2018.
“Crown Holdings’ new facility will create good-paying jobs in Tioga County, advance the state’s growing manufacturing industry, and support a stronger, more viable economy for years to come,” said Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo.
Construction on the 533,853 square foot building began in December 2015 and commercial shipments began in late January 2017. The plant’s second manufacturing line was completed in April 2017. 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.