YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In November 2016, ground was broken on Youngstown’s east side for a Chill-Can plant. Three-and-a-half years later, Youngstown has yet to see a self-chilling can come out of the facility.
On Friday, there was a glimmer of hope that something may eventually happen. A third building is going up at the site on the lower end of Oak Street next to the two that are already built.
Chill-Can CEO Mitch Joseph said the building will be used for making cans and should be done in the fall.
Joseph said there should be some type of production and distribution by the end of the year.
He said COVID-19 set them back four months.
There are now three people on the payroll, with two more being interviewed for accounting.
Extensive interviews for production jobs will continue through fall.
Joseph said they’ve used 400 construction workers and the property tax paid has been five times that of 2016.
Also, sometime in the next 40 days, new packaging technology will be announced that will be made in Youngstown.