Ardagh Group’s glass division headquarters moving to Fishers

A Muncie-based glass manufacturer plans to move its headquarters to Fishers.

Ardagh Group's glass-packaging division, which employs more than 200 people at its Muncie headquarters, plans to relocate most of those jobs to Fishers by the end of the year, the company confirmed to IBJ Friday morning.

It was not immediately clear where in Fishers the office would be located.

Luxembourg-based Ardagh Group has nearly 90 glass and metal manufacturing production facilities in 21 countries.

In the United States, the company has 15 glass and seven metal manufacturing facilities, and four regional offices. It produces 10 billion bottles and jars annually for the food and beverage industries. The company says it is the second largest glass-packaging provider in North America.

Its Indiana glass-production facilities in Dunkirk and Winchester, along with its equipment and technology facility in Marion, aren't expected to be affected by the glass-packaging division's move.

Ardagh employs 19,000 people worldwide, including 1,100 in Indiana.

"When Ardagh Group first approached us with interest in relocating their glass division headquarters… we knew immediately this company would be a great fit for our community and entrepreneurial culture," Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness said in a written statement. "We welcome Ardagh Group, Glass-North America and its employees to Fishers, and look forward to being a part of their story and continued growth and success.”

Ardagh Group arrived in Muncie in 2013 when it agreed to buy Verallia North America, the Indiana-based glass bottle and jar manufacturing unit of Saint-Gobain SA, for $1.7 billion.

Ardagh announced plans in January 2015 to spend $71 million on improving its Winchester plant.

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