Crown Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of metal packaging products worldwide, is operating its first greenfield facility in the United States in more than twenty years thanks to Blue Rock Construction.

The new 535,000-square-foot manufacturing plant Blue Rock built in Nichols, NY features:

  • 280,000 SF production area
  • 168,000 SF warehouse
  • 41,000 SF unloading area
  • 30,000 SF expansion area
  • 16,000 SF office area

Equipped with two manufacturing lines, the state-of-the-art plant has the capacity to produce 7,000 specialty cans a minute and 1.6 billion cans per year.

Along with the Nichols facility, Crown operates fifteen beverage can plants in North America, manufacturing aluminum cans ranging in size from 7.5-ounce to 16-ounce, as well as a variety of beverage can ends.

During construction, the massive size of the New York plant, which sits on 40 acres, required the use of helicopters to deliver mechanical components for its heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning units.

Midwest Helicopter Airways transported a total of 44 lifts, which included (11) 2,650-pound heaters. The Midwest crew and the project team from J&K Plumbing and Heating did an excellent job executing the airlift plan.

Blue Rock’s design-build project team also enjoyed a great partnership with  Margulies Hoelzli Architecture and Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., which provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and fire protection design services.

Construction took 14 months to complete.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your efforts in completing the Nichols plant,” said  Mark Liptrot Project Manager for CROWN Technology. “It was a pleasure and a privilege to have met and worked with (Blue Rock). I wish you all the very best for the future and maybe one we will cross paths again.”

Crown dates back to 1892 and is one of the leading metal packaging companies in the world. It employs 23,000 people worldwide.