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Can manufacturer hosts jobs open day as new factory prepares to open

CONSTRUCTION is complete and the production lines are ready to start up within days. Now global can making company Ball Corporation has announced an Open Recruitment Day at its new Northamptonshire plant for later this month.

The company’s cutting-edge, 56,000 sq metre aluminium can-making plant in Barton Seagrave, near Kettering, has to date recruited more than 120 new team members, with a further 60 new vacancies set to be filled over the coming months.

Paulina Panus, HR manager for the new plant, said: “Our new team has only been in the plant for a few weeks and this is our first Open Recruitment Day at the new Kettering can making site. We are opening our doors and inviting other people from across the county to step inside, understand what we are about and even begin the recruitment process during the same session.”

The Open Day takes place on January 24, 10am-6pm, at Ball’s new factory at SEGRO Park, in Maynard Road, Burton Latimer.

“This event is your chance to find out about the company and see if working at Ball is something you would like to pursue,” said Ms Panus.

Visitors will be given a short tour of the factory and have the opportunity for an initial interview on the day if a possible career with Ball is of interest. “Your career could literally take a new direction in little over an hour,” said Ms Panus.

Ball Kettering is looking to recruit people, regardless of industry experience, to join in positions including shift engineers, warehouse operatives and manufacturing operators.

Plant manager Jason Bridger pictured said: “We are passionate about building a diverse and inclusive workforce and are seeking people of all ages, backgrounds, and from all areas of the community. At our new state-of-the-art facility we will be providing long-term careers for local people who have passion,  are keen to learn and who want to be part of something special.”

Demand for infinitely recyclable aluminium drinks cans in the UK and around the world is booming. Ball’s new factory is set to produce over one billion fully recyclable cans in its first year and will be Ball’s third can manufacturing plant in the UK and its 20th in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia region.

To attend the Open Recruitment Day, call into the factory any time between 10am and 6pm. Tours will take place on the hour, every hour, up to and including 6pm.

  • For those unable to attend the Open Recruitment Day event, visit ball.com and search for ‘Kettering’.


  • Ball, which has had its climate change plan approved by the Science Based Targets Initiative, is constructing the Kettering plant according to BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Sustainability and Environmental Standards. Other features include a rainwater harvesting system and innovative technology to mitigate machinery exhaust emissions.
  • Ball’s aim is to produce packaging that is as environmentally friendly as possible. Cans are already the most recycled beverage containers in the world and can be recycled over and over with minimal losses.
  • Ball works with the entire industry and European regulators to increase recycling rates. According to Metal Packaging Europe – an association whose main objective is to increase the percentage of metal packaging – the average European recycling rate is 76%, rising to 82% in the UK. Aluminium recycling saves up to 95% of energy compared to production from primary sources.
  • In 2020, Ball became the first can manufacturer ever to receive ASI certification for all its 19 existing production plants across the EMEA region and now all of its plants around the world are certified. This ensures high environmental, social governance performance in its plants and across the aluminium value chain.

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