There are certain things you can’t take pictures of,” plant manager Dwayne Wendler advises a newspaper photographer, minutes before leading a tour of the 450,000-square-foot facility.
No, it’s not a hush-hush military installation.
It’s where beer bottles are born as gobs of molten glass.
Photos could reveal sensitive bottle-making technology inside the $140 million Owens-Illinois Inc. bottle plant – one that the chief executive dubbed “the most advanced and high-tech plant in the country.”
Finished in 2005, it’s the first such bottle plant in the nation in 25 years – a time when glass plants were shuttered while cans and plastic grabbed market share.
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