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Cameron Family Glass Packaging to build $109M plant for wine industry

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By Ron Daparma
Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Nine years after selling their Coca-Cola bottling company in Washington County, members of the Pittsburgh-area Cameron Family are jumping into the wine bottle product business on the Pacific Coast.

Cameron Family Glass Packaging announced today the completion of a $109 million financing deal that will allow the company to move forward with plans for what is touted as the first new glass plant built in the United States in 30 years that will manufacture glass exclusively for the wine industry.

The 175,000-square-foot plant will be built in Port of Kalama, Washington.

The facility is expected to create at least 90 jobs when it is completed in the latter part of 2008.

It also is billed as the largest eco-friendly wine bottle manufacturing facility in the world, with a hydroelectric-powered electric furnace utilizing the Northwest waterways of the Columbia River.

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