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Ardagh Group, Glass – North America Expands Production at Wilson, North Carolina, Plant

03/27/2020
Ardagh Group, Glass – North America, a business unit of Ardagh Group, has partnered with O'Connor Brewing Company to manufacture all of its 12oz long-neck glass bottles in Wilson, North Carolina.

According to Ardagh officials, the partnership connects one of Coastal Virginia's very first craft breweries with one of the United States' leading glass container manufacturers for the craft beer industry. The 12oz long-neck amber beer bottles for O'Connor Brewing Company are designed and manufactured in the U.S. by Ardagh Group using 100 percent and endlessly recyclable amber glass.

“Ardagh enjoys collaborating with craft brewers like O'Connor Brewing Company to create glass beer bottles that have great shelf appeal and brand differentiation in a premium, sustainable package,” officials said.

"O'Connor Brewing Company has been brewing and bottling beer for distribution throughout Virginia and the surrounding markets for 10 years," said Zach Volkman, Vice President of Operations at O'Connor Brewing.

"When we were in the market for a new bottle supplier last fall, Ardagh was very attractive to us as a business partner. Ardagh was competitively priced while offering top-notch quality standards. Their nearby facility in Wilson, North Carolina is able to provide us with great operational flexibility with reliable and short-notice shipments when we need them. Additionally, the close proximity of their facility helps to reduce our supply chain carbon footprint and promote our company's green initiative," he added.

"O'Connor Brewing Company's passion for supplying quality and consistency in their beer aligns well with Ardagh's dedication to manufacturing high-quality glass packaging that showcases and protects the integrity of their craft beer," said John T. Shaddox, Chief Commercial Officer for Ardagh's North American Glass business unit. "Ardagh is proud to partner with O'Connor Brewing Company to showcase great craft beer in American made glass bottles."

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