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O-I Holds Topping-Off for its All New MAGMA Facility in Bowling Green, KY

PERRYSBURG, OH/BOWLING GREEN, KY, April 25, 2024 – O-I Glass, Inc. (“O-I Glass” or “O-I”) achieved a major milestone in the initial construction of its glass packaging production facility in Bowling Green, KY. To recognize this key milestone, the company hosted a “Topping-Off” event to commemorate the placement of the final beam. The event was attended by global O-I executives Andres Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, Ludovic Valette, Vice-President, Chief Technology Officer, plant employees, and construction workers.  

“This is an exciting milestone for our state-of-the-art facility. It’s the first ever purpose-built plant featuring our all-new proprietary MAGMA technology. MAGMA technology is revolutionary, bringing flexibility and modularity to glass production,” said Scott Lachmiller, Business Leader, Bowling Green. “Bowling Green represents the perfect location for us to serve many premium distillers and other key customers that are eager to leverage the vast benefits of glass packaging such as its health benefits, sustainability and the premium appeal it lends to their brands. I would like to thank our new teammates, the project team who has worked hard to reach this point and the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the City of Bowling Green, and the Chamber of Commerce for their partnership and their trust.” 

O-I plans to invest up to 240 million dollars in multiple expansion waves at this plant and create up to 140 new jobs in the region. The Company expects to set new standards in many aspects of glass manufacturing, such as the plant structure, working models, engagement, sustainability, and culture and implement advanced technologies, innovative processes and new engineering solutions.  

The final beam is placed at O-I's glass making plant in Bowling Green, KY.

About O-I Glass 

At O-I Glass, Inc. (NYSE: OI), we love glass and we’re proud to be one of the leading producers of glass bottles and jars around the globe. Glass is not only beautiful, it’s also pure, healthy, and completely recyclable, making it the most sustainable rigid packaging material. Headquartered in Perrysburg, Ohio (USA), O-I is the preferred partner for many of the world’s leading food and beverage brands. We innovate in line with customers’ needs to create iconic packaging that builds brands around the world. Led by our diverse team of approximately 23,000 people across 68 plants in 19 countries, O-I achieved revenues of $7.1 billion in 2023.  Learn more about us: / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / LinkedIn 

Forward-Looking Statements 

This press release contains “forward-looking” statements related to O-I Glass, Inc. (“O-I Glass” or the “company”) within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”) and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended. Forward-looking statements reflect the company’s current expectations and projections about future events at the time, and thus involve uncertainty and risk. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “will,” “could,” “would,” “should,” “may,” “plan,” “estimate,” “intend,” “predict,” “potential,” “continue,” and the negatives of these words and other similar expressions generally identify forward-looking statements.   

It is possible that the Company’s future financial performance may differ from expectations due to a variety of factors including, but not limited to the following: (1) the general political, economic and competitive conditions in markets and countries where the Company has operations, including uncertainties related to economic and social conditions, trade disputes, disruptions in the supply chain, competitive pricing pressures, inflation or deflation, changes in tax rates and laws, war, civil disturbance or acts of terrorism, natural disasters, public health issues and weather, (2) cost and availability of raw materials, labor, energy and transportation (including impacts related to the current Ukraine-Russia and Israel-Hamas conflicts and disruptions in supply of raw materials caused by transportation delays), (3) competitive pressures, consumer preferences for alternative forms of packaging or consolidation among competitors and customers, (4) changes in consumer preferences or customer inventory management practices, (5) the continuing consolidation of the Company’s customer base, (6) the Company’s ability to improve its glass melting technology, known as the MAGMA program, and implement it within the timeframe expected, (7) unanticipated supply chain and operational disruptions, including higher capital spending, (8) seasonability of customer demand, (9) the failure of the Company’s joint venture partners to meet their obligations or commit additional capital to the joint venture, (10) labor shortages, labor cost increases or strikes, (11) the Company’s ability to acquire or divest businesses, acquire and expand plants, integrate operations of acquired businesses and achieve expected benefits from acquisitions, divestitures or expansions, (12) the Company’s ability to generate sufficient future cash flows to ensure the Company’s goodwill is not impaired, (13) any increases in the underfunded status of the Company’s pension plans, (14) any failure or disruption of the Company’s information technology, or those of third parties on which the Company relies, or any cybersecurity or data privacy incidents affecting the Company or its third-party service providers, (15) risks related to the Company’s indebtedness or changes in capital availability or cost, including interest rate fluctuations and the ability of the Company to generate cash to service indebtedness and refinance debt on favorable terms, (16) risks associated with operating in foreign countries, (17) foreign currency fluctuations relative to the U.S. dollar, (18) changes in tax laws or U.S. trade policies, (19) the Company’s ability to comply with various environmental legal requirements, (20) risks related to recycling and recycled content laws and regulations, (21) risks related to climate-change and air emissions, including related laws or regulations and increased ESG scrutiny and changing expectations from stakeholders and the other risk factors discussed in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.   

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