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Supporting manufacturing and recycling in Seattle

91-year-old glass plant powers Seattle’s family-wage jobs

Operating since 1931, the Ardagh glass plant is a pillar of Seattle’s manufacturing industry and a lifeforce of King County’s glass recycling operation. Ardagh Group is in the process of renewing its lease on an approximately 17-acre parcel from King County that is critical to its operations – land that the county has rented mainly to the glass plant for more than 50 years.

Ardagh employs 345 workers and supports them and their families with stable, family-wage manufacturing jobs.

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Driving the region’s glass recycling

Seattle and King County send 100 percent of their curbside glass recycling to the Ardagh site. The leased land in industrial South Seattle allows the plant to keep costs stable for the manufacturing portion of the operation, which takes place on the adjacent 13 acres owned by Ardagh.

The leased land contains 85 percent of Ardagh's on-site storage of its finished product. The land also is home to two of the company's critical suppliers of bottle-making materials: JA Jack & Sons supplies limestone and Strategic Materials Inc. provides crushed recycled glass, called cullet.

The proximity of these storage and transportation routes, including the Duwamish River, keeps costs stable against fluctuating global supply chain issues and growing Chinese glass container imports.

Further, the updated lease creates an unprecedented agreement to rebuild a glass furnace on Ardagh-owned property and improve the facility’s environmental operations.

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Bedrock of good-paying jobs in the community

In addition to being a dependable, longtime tenant, Ardagh is an economic engine for Seattle, King County and Washington state. Most of the plant’s 345 jobs are union-represented, and 75 percent of the employees live in King County, putting that quality income right back into the local economy.

Ardagh supports an incredibly diverse workforce, 69 percent of whom are people of color.

The plant’s quality manufacturing jobs contribute to a rich, diverse regional economy and infuse the local economy with $1.6 million in state and local taxes on an annual basis.

Perhaps its biggest contribution is the product itself: Ardagh’s Seattle plant produces up to 1 million glass bottles and jars a day, which are used by winemakers across the Pacific Northwest.

Ardagh employees, customers and the region benefit from this unique glass recycling ecosystem.

Join us to keep manufacturing jobs in Seattle

Support Seattle manufacturing and the 345 families who drive our region’s glass recycling system. You can make your voice heard by filling out the form below.

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