Ball shutting down beverage packaging plant in Italy

BROOMFIELD — Ball Corp. plans to stop production at the company’s beverage packaging facility in San Martino, Italy, by the end of this year.

The plant, which was built in 1981, employs about 70 people, according to a Ball news release.

“Given the market environment in Italy, we need to ensure that we remain cost competitive for the long term,” Colin Gillis, president of Ball Beverage Packaging Europe, said in a prepared statement. “While closing a plant is always a difficult decision, our goal is ensuring the long-term success of the business for all of our stakeholders, including our 3,600 employees in Europe.”

This closure comes on the heels of an announcement in July that Ball would be closing a packaging plant in Brazil. Over the past two years, Ball has opted to shut down its food-can production line in Springdale, Ark; three beverage-packing plants in Alabama, California and Texas; and a can-production facility in Germany.