CANPACK reaches milestone in Muncie manufacturing plant construction

Luna Ruth
A steel beam, signed by dignitaries, was hoisted into place to mark the completion of the steel framing for the new 862,000-square-foot aluminum beverage can manufacturing plant near Fuson and Cowan roads during a topping off ceremony Thursday.

In an earlier version of this story the first name of Jim Gorman, senior project manager with Blue Rock Construction, was incorrect. We regret the error.

MUNCIE, Ind. — The sheer size of the CANPACK beverage and beer can factory, just finishing its rise up from an empty field near Fuson and Cowan roads off the Muncie Bypass, invites a consult with the thesaurus.

“Colossal,” “enormous,” gigantic” and even “gargantuan” all appear appropriate for the edifice angling southeast to northwest atop what was farm dirt. It will encompass 862,000 square feet and use 4,500 tons of structural steel and 75,000 cubic yards of concrete when done, according to its general contractor.

Traci Lutton, vice president of Muncie-Delaware County Economic Development Alliance, said the general consensus is that the still-under-construction plant is now the largest standing building in Delaware County, rivaling Progress Rail’s 750,000-square-foot factory located just north up Cowan Road. That behemoth factory was built by Westinghouse in 1960 to create giant power transformers.

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