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April 2001
Owens-Illinois
North America's Largest Wine Bottle Maker
by Jeremy Hay
The thunderous roar of three enormous gas-fired furnaces fills the cavernous factory; in places the air shimmers with heat; tubular, neon orange globs of molten glass rocket like missiles from one assembly point to another; the grilled metal catwalks tremble underfoot and their yellow-painted handrails are hot to the touch. All in all, it is a scene about as far removed as one can imagine from the serene beauty of a vineyard. In the end, though, the former is integral to the latter: from the hot...
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