Owens-Illinois To Build New Glass Container Plant to Supply Anheuser-Busch

Feb 07, 2003, 00:00 ET from Owens-Illinois, Inc.

    TOLEDO, Ohio, Feb. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Owens-Illinois, Inc.,
 (NYSE:   OI) announced today as part of a new, expanded contract with Anheuser-
 Busch, Inc., covering the supply of glass containers in North America, it will
 build a new glass container manufacturing plant to be the primary supplier to
 the Anheuser-Busch brewery in Fort Collins, Colorado.
     This high-productivity plant will be located in Northeast Colorado or
 Southeast Wyoming at a site to be determined.  The plant is expected to start
 production in early 2005, and will manufacture 12-ounce bottles.  Upon
 reaching full capacity, the plant will be among the highest output glass
 container plants in the United States, producing over one billion bottles
 annually.  The new plant will incorporate the latest in O-I glass technology
 and will utilize O-I patented and proprietary machines, equipment, designs and
     Joseph H. Lemieux, Owens-Illinois chairman and chief executive officer,
 said, "The construction of this new, state-of-the-art facility will expand our
 long-standing supply position with Anheuser-Busch and is a sign of our
 growing, worldwide commitment to serving A-B's needs.  It further underscores
 our position as the world leader in cost and quality in the manufacture of
 glass containers."
     Owens-Illinois is the largest manufacturer of glass containers in North
 America, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and one of the largest in
 Europe.  O-I has 25 glass container manufacturing facilities in the United
 States and Canada, and a total of 68 worldwide.  One out of every two glass
 containers made worldwide is manufactured by O-I, its affiliates, or
 licensees.  O-I also is a worldwide manufacturer of plastics packaging with
 operations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.
     Copies of Owens-Illinois news releases are available at the Owens-Illinois
 web site at www.o-i.com or at www.prnewswire.com. To contact Owens-Illinois
 investor relations, dial 419-247-2400.

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