Continuing its full-scale move into PET containers, Muncie, Ind.-based Ball Corp. said it will establish a plant in New York state. Scott McCarty, spokesman for the major player in glass and metal container markets, said Ball had not chosen a definite site for the plant yet, but that it wants the facility in production by early 1996.
``We can't say exactly what town the plant will be in,'' McCarty said. ``But we can say that it will be a $45 million to $55 million investment and will employ 80-100 people.''
The plant will supply PET containers for beverages, ranging from 12 ounces to 2 liters, and for food, liquor and juice.
The facility's main customers will be Clinton's Ditch Cooperative Co. Inc., a Cicero, N.Y., bottler associated with Pepsi-Cola Co., and Pepsi-Cola Allied Bottlers Inc. of Latham, N.Y. Ball has long-term supply agreements with both bottlers.
The plastics plant will be Ball's second since the company announced last fall it was interested in entering the PET container market.
Prior to that time the company, which had $2.6 billion in sales in 1994, had no plastics industry involvement.
Early this year Ball announced it would lease a similarly sized plant to make PET containers in Chino, Calif.
That plant's main customers also are Pepsi bottlers, and it should be operating by the end of this year.
McCarty said Ball will locate the plant to take advantage of the burgeoning PET market, allowing it to serve customers in both the East and West. He added that it is logical to think that the company might add one or more new PET facilities in the future, although he would not say where or how soon.