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Ball Corp. supplies Milwaukee MillerCoors plant and many more.

Most people that live in the Milwaukee area are probably very familiar with the products made at Ball Corp.’s Milwaukee facility. However, most people probably have no idea what is being produced at the company’s factory on the far northwest side.

Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball Corp. makes two lines of products at its Milwaukee facility, using very similar production techniques – aluminum cans used by breweries for canned beer, and steel cans used for canned foods, baby formula and some pharmaceutical products.

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The Milwaukee plant produces about 1.3 billion cans per year – or roughly eight million cans per day. Production is evenly split between aluminum and steel cans. Each line makes about 4-million cans per day.

Roughly 90 percent of the demand for the Milwaukee plant’s aluminum cans is from the Milwaukee MillerCoors brewery. The rest is from smaller regional breweries that use cans, such as City Brewing Co. in La Crosse and Coldspring Brewery in Cold Spring, Minn.

Read more in the latest Made in Milwaukee column in BizTimes Milwaukee.

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