Glass plant to be built in Colorado

The largest manufacturer of glass containers in North America announced this week that it will build its new $30 million plant on a site outside town.

Windsor beat out Cheyenne, Wyo., in landing the plant. The lack of infrastructure and a state tax break that Colorado offers hurt Cheyenne's chances, officials say.

The 500,000-square-foot Owens-Illinois, Inc. plant is expected to open in January 2005 and provide 150 new jobs.

Toledo-based Owens-Illinois announced in February that it would build a new glass container manufacturing plant somewhere in Colorado or Wyoming.

An expanded contract to supply 12-ounce bottles for Anheuser-Busch led Owens-Illinois to considering moving the site closer to the growing brewery.

The Windsor site was picked over Cheyenne and a site north of Greeley, which had offered the company a $1 million incentive.

In a statement, Owens-Illinois chairman Joseph H. Lemieux said Windsor was picked, in part, because of its accessibility to natural gas, power, highways and trains and the area's workforce.

600450 Glass plant to be built in Colorado
Date: 23 September 2003

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