O-I, Governor announce expansion of R&D facilitiesWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ohio Governor Ted Strickland and Owens-Illinois CEO Al Stroucken announced O-I’s plans to further expand its glass research and development facilities on its campus in Perrysburg at a press conference today.
The company is investing $11.5 million in laboratories and glass science research facilities adding 6,000 square feet and 32 new high-paying jobs at O-I’s Advanced Glass Technology Center. The governor toured the new glass science labs with O-I officials.
The governor, the media, and O-I officials witnessed a demonstration of a new organic curable glass coating process developed in the laboratories.
O-I also plans to invest $6 million to pilot new product and manufacturing concepts at its Zanesville, Ohio plant that produces bottles for the spirits industry. The plant’s proximity to O-I’s headquarters enables concepts to be tested and refined in Ohio before being deployed globally.
“Good things are happening at O-I and throughout Ohio as this company has invested in the future throughout the recession by providing good paying jobs for highly trained workers,” Strickland said today.
“Governor Strickland’s dedication was crucial to our decision to expand our facilities in Ohio,” said Stroucken. “This expansion was funded entirely by the company because it makes sense for business. Future expansion could require additional investment from other sources.”