Kalama wine bottle factory to reopen next summer
Thursday, November 3, 2011
KALAMA, Wash. (AP) -- A new owner plans to reopen a wine bottle plant at Kalama next summer.
Bennu Glass says it will employ 100 full-time workers and produce 100 million bottles a year for the wine industry on the West Coast.
The Daily News reports (http://bit.ly/stYkR6 ) the plant was built by Cameron Glass but was shut down by a massive molten glass leak just weeks after it opened in January 2009. Bennu bought the plant at auction in March 2010.
Workers will have to jackhammer out 450 tons of hardened glass to remove an electric melter. Bennu plans to install a melter fueled by liquid oxygen.