April 28: In response to rising demand for a wider range of drinks can sizes in North America, Ball Corporation is to close a beverage can plant in the north west of the US.
The plant at Kent, Washington, is one of Ball’s smaller operations, its canmaking lines producing only 12oz (35.5cl) cans.
The news emerged as Ball reported improved results for the first quarter of 2008, with net sales up by 2.7 percent to $1.74 billion and net profit up marginally to $84m.

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