Ball to Reduce North American 12-Ounce Beverage Can and End Capacity

Ball will be reducing its existing 12-ounce beverage can and end production capacity and increasing specialty beverage can capacity in North America
The company’s metal beverage packaging manufacturing plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla., will permanently cease production at the end of 2012, subject to customer requirements
Ball expects to record a total after-tax charge of approximately $30 million related to these actions

BROOMFIELD, Colo., Aug. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ – Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) today announced it is ceasing production at two North American beverage packaging manufacturing plants to consolidate the company’s 12-ounce beverage can and end production capacity to meet changing market demand.

Ball will cease production at its metal beverage packaging plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla., by the end of the fourth quarter of 2012, subject to customer requirements. The Columbus plant employs approximately 110 people and currently operates two of four existing lines that produce standard 12-ounce cans. The Gainesville plant employs approximately 125 people and produces several different beverage can ends for standard can sizes.

Ball expects to record a total after-tax charge of approximately $30 million, primarily for employee severance and benefits, facility shut down costs and other actions. The majority of the charge is expected to be recorded in the third quarter of 2012.

“These actions are in response to a loss of standard 12-ounce beverage can volume beginning January 1, 2013, as well as continued growth in specialty beverage can packaging, which is an increasingly important part of our business,” said Raymond J. Seabrook, executive vice president and chief operating officer, global packaging. “We will continue to actively manage our overall cost structure, pursue new specialty can opportunities and better position our manufacturing footprint to meet changing market conditions to offset the impact of the volume loss.”

Gainesville employees will be provided severance and outplacement services. Columbus employees will be provided benefits in accordance with the effects bargaining process. Employees from both plants can apply for open positions within Ball.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball and its subsidiaries employ more than 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2011 sales of more than $8.6 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit http://www.ball.com.