Some O-I Employees Called Back for Temporary Work; Plant to be Upgraded

January 29th, 2010 by Kim Lenz

2r7p7fnmcd550ipzThe Owens-Illinois glass bottling plant in Toano will temporarily reopen Feb. 1, following a plant shutdown that began a week before Christmas.

Employees were informed Friday that the plant will be operating for approximately four to six weeks. The Perrysburg, Ohio-based company plans to diversify its products by re-machining the plant to produce food and spirits containers in addition to beer bottles, according to spokeswoman Stephanie Johnston.

“While this announcement does not impact the timeline for our return to full production, it does represent good news for our employees at a plant that has been a top performer in our North America region,” Johnston said in a release. “By diversifying production, we’re taking advantage of the plant’s efficiency and cost effectiveness, and making the plant stronger and better positioned for the long term.”

When O-I closed a week before Christmas for its annual two-week holiday shutdown, its 170 employees were notified the shutdown would go on indefinitely. At that time, Johnston said the company expected the plant would be closed for four to six months.

In early January, Johnston said the timeline of the closure would be influenced by several factors, including economic conditions, consumer demand and the resolution of some customer contracts. Read more about the shutdown here.

O-I is the leading manufacturer of glass packaging, creating bottles and jars for a wide variety of products, including alcoholic beverages, baby food, cosmetics and pharmaceuticals.

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