Longhorn Glass restarts production after $40M upgrade

Date: 9 May 2011
Source: http://www.bizjournals.com
Longhorn Glass Inc.  will be back in full production this week after completing a $40 million upgrade and expansion to its Houston bottle manufacturing facility.

The company's main customer is the Houston brewery of St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch.

The Houston-based glass plant now has one of the fastest glass-forming machines in the world, the company said in a press release. The overhaul allows Longhorn to increase production to 700 bottles per minute from 600 bottles per minute on one of its lines.

That translates into a maximum capacity of 17 million bottles a week, up from 15 million prior to the expansion and upgrade.

The factory stopped production on Jan. 24 and began a staggered start-up on March 20 before a complete return to full production this week.

Longhorn supplies about 90 percent of Anheuser-Busch Houston’s requirements for the standard 12 oz. bottle, including those for Budweiser and Bud Light, and supplies about 65 percent of the brewery’s total glass requirements.

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