USA – Glass container manufacturer Arglass has secured over US$230 million in capital to construct a second furnace at its campus in Valdosta, Georgia, USA.
Expected to be completed in Q2 2025, the new facility aims to produce more than 350 million sustainable glass containers annually.
The manufacturing plant will showcase cutting-edge glass technology, featuring a fully integrated production network driven by AI-integrated real-time data monitoring, predictive modeling, and fully automated closed-loop production and quality assurance systems.
These advancements will enable the facility to produce up to eight different glass container types simultaneously, maximizing flexibility and responsiveness to market demands, reducing inventory levels, and minimizing investment in molds.
Moreover, the plant is set to boast one of the most extensive sustainability infrastructures in the global glass manufacturing sector.
The furnace powering the plant is envisioned to be a hybrid gas, electric, and hydrogen oxy-fuel furnace with a melting capacity of 490 metric tonnes of glass per day.
Additionally, five megawatts of power will be generated from a solar power installation.
José de Diego Arozamena, Arglass Chairman and CEO, remarked, “Our new furnace aims to further establish Arglass as the most innovative, flexible, and sustainable glass manufacturer in North America.
“Glass stands as the most sustainable, recyclable, and FDA ‘generally recognized as safe’ packaging material, and I am incredibly proud to lead the industry to new sustainability heights.”
Other sustainability initiatives include the use of green hydrogen to reduce CO2 emissions, a closed-loop water system to minimize industrial waste, and an on-site post-consumer glass recycling plant, providing cullet for new container production.
Arglass also employs its proprietary Arglass Biogenic glass composition, incorporating a naturally renewing, carbon-negative biogenic component sourced from the ocean.
Tony Krznâr, Arglass Vice President of Operations, added, “In addition to the industry advancements this new facility will create, we also intend to bring 150 new jobs to the Valdosta area. I look forward to collaborating with the community to integrate seamlessly into the beautiful tapestry of Georgia.”
The construction, slated to commence soon, will receive support from the Valdosta Lowndes Development Authority and the Georgia Department of Economic Development.
Arglass plans to host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new plant on its Valdosta campus. Jefferies served as financial advisor for Arglass, with funding provided by Orion Infrastructure Capital (OIC) and several other major institutional investors.
Chris Leary, Investment Partner and Head of Infra Equity at OIC, commented, “Our newly formed capital partnership will expedite Arglass’s innovative growth and transformation of the glass industry in North America, affirming OIC’s commitment to sustainable domestic packaging infrastructure.”