On final disposition of the facilities, the closure is expected to be approximately $4 million cash positive inclusive of income tax benefits. The 28-year-old Kent plant is one of Ball's smaller metal beverage can manufacturing facilities. It operates two production lines capable of producing about 1.1 billion, 12-ounce beverage cans per year and employs 111 people."The viability of the Kent plant in the current market became increasingly unsustainable," said John R. Friedery, senior vice president and president of Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas and Asia. Ball acquired the plant in 1998 as part of the acquisition of the metal beverage can assets of Reynolds Metals Company. The equipment from Kent will be redeployed within Ball's worldwide beverage can system where the company can earn a better return on those assets.

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