O-I opens USD 20 million HQ

Owens-Illinois Inc. has officially opened its USD 20 million headquarters in the Toledo suburb of Perrysburg. The glass-container giant is moving its world headquarters from One SeaGate in central Tol…

Owens-Illinois Inc. has officially opened its USD 20 million headquarters in the Toledo suburb of Perrysburg. The glass-container giant is moving its world headquarters from One SeaGate in central Toledo, relocating 330 workers to join about 500 already in the Perrysburg office park. The move to the new office, combined with three existing buildings O-I has in Levis Park near I-475 and State Rt.25, was celebrated with a number of activities on 18 August 2006, including the naming of an entrance roadway after Michael Owens, whose invention of the bottle-blowing machine brought the firm into existence 103 years ago. “It creates a whole new work style for us”, said James Baehren, the company“s chief administrative officer. He addressed about 200 community, county, and state officials and O-I employees. The firm will vacate the Toledo office by 10 September 2006 but will change its address on regulatory documents by 1 September 2006. The Levis business park includes 161 hectares on which O-I opened research and development operations in the mid-1960s. The three-floor, 9,290-square-meter, glass-enclosed headquarters will replace O-I“s Toledo home for the past 25 years. It was designed by Albert Kahn Associates Inc. of Detroit and built by Lathrop Co. of Maumee. O-I is leasing the property from the Rossford-Perrysburg Township Joint Economic Development Authority, with an option to purchase. The company spent USD 9 million to refurbish the three adjacent, older buildings. The renovations will include a fitness center. Mr. Baehren stood in at the ceremony for Steven McCracken, O-I“s chairman and chief executive officer, who underwent surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in August 2006 for a stomach tumor. The CEO is expected to return to work in around five weeks.