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New Glass Plant Under Construction in Valdosta, Georgia

by Kerana Todorov
October 10, 2019
Arglass Yamamura LLC is building a new glass plant in Valdosta, Ga. The plant is expected to open in November 2020. Rendering submitted courtesy of Arglass Yamamura

A new glass plant designed to produce wine and spirits bottles in various quantities is under construction in Georgia.

Arglass Southeast LLC, a subsidiary of Arglass Yamamura, plans to produce bottles for the wine and spirit industries beginning in November 2020. The venture is partnership between Cambium, an equity firm with holdings in Europe, Latin America and the United States and Japanese glass container manufacturer Nihon Yamamura.

“We believe there is a need in the market,” Arglass chairman and CEO José de Diego Arozamena said Tuesday.

Georgia officials have welcomed the new $123 million glass plant which they said will create 150 jobs in Valdosta, Lowndes County. Groundbreaking celebrations on Oct. 3 included Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.

“Lowndes County is an excellent base for us to start due to its good energy, labor and logistics costs. The support of the local community has been exceptional,” Arozamena said.

The Valdosta plant could have production runs as small as 20,000 bottles, based on the European model. It is also designed to fulfill large orders.

“Our plant has been designed to be the most flexible and efficient plant to produce all kinds of customized wine and spirits bottles. We can produce any bottles in sizes from 175ml up to 1.75ml in all colors, shapes and sizes,” Arozamena said. “We have a very experienced design and product development team that can work with a customer’s marketing department to design personalized bottles that are right for each of their products with a unique shape, a crest, embossing or decorating.”

Arozamena declined to discuss the production setup or equipment.

Arglass Southeast has agreements with six companies and is in discussions with additional customers, Arozamena said. “We cannot disclose their names,” he said.

Some clients are on the west Coast said Arozamena, adding the company may eventually open a second plant in another state.

Governor Kemp announced Arglass Yamamura’s decision to build a plant in Lowndes County in August.

“With our highly-trained workforce, unmatched logistics network, and pro-business climate, the Peach State has solidified its reputation as a top competitor for manufacturing investment in recent years. Without question, this announcement is a great addition to our success story,” Kemp said. 

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