Arglass project updates

A series of announcements have been released in recent days, discussing key aspects of equipment selection and management appointments for the planned Yamamura Arglass glass container project in the USA.

Batch and cullet treatment systems specialist EME GmbH confirms that engineering work for the Arglass project near Valdosta, Georgia is nearing completion. Arglass emphasised the importance that the batch plant and cullet return system had to be designed with the best

available technology and with a layout to provide for high quality, highly flexible and efficient production. Initial shipments of the EME equipment are scheduled for early 2020. The furnace, supplied by EME’s sister company Nikolaus SORG, is set to start up at the end of 2020, with full operation expected by early 2021.

Luis Gonzalez Sada has joined Arglass as Vice President of Sales and Marketing. With significant experience in sales, marketing and new product development in the glass container industry, he reinforces the company’s commitment to provide customers with the best quality and service. Mr Gonzales was VP Sales and Marketing for the Vitro Glass Containers Division in Mexico from 1997 to 2001, after which he spent two years as VP of Planning, Logistics and Marketing, before his appointment as CEO of Vitro America. He also served as Director of Sales and Marketing at Owens-Illinois Packaging Solutions in 2018-2019, based in Plano, Texas.

Separately, Michael R Lane has been confirmed as Senior Operations Advisor at Arglass. Mr Lane has enjoyed a 30+ year career in the North American glass container industry, including spells as Vice President Operations for American Glass Containers in Pittsburgh and 11 years as Regional Director for Anchor Glass Container Corp, where he was based in northern Florida and enjoyed profit and loss responsibility, delivering customer service for major accounts. Earlier in his career, Michael Lane spent five years as Plant Manager at Glenshaw Glass in Pennsylvania, prior to which he was Operations Manager for the Anchor Glass Streator glassworks in Illinois and Plant Manager at the Dayville site in Connecticut for three and two years respectively.


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