Company that manufactures Ball Mason jars to close Indiana facility next year

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The company that makes Ball Mason jars will soon close its factory in Muncie, Indiana. 

Manufacturing operations are scheduled to stop in the summer of 2019. 

Company officials say the decision was made after reviewing necessary upgrades and improvements. The manufacturing of parts will be outsourced to Columbus, Ohio, while packaging and distribution will move to Fishers, Indiana.

According to the Ball website, five brothers founded Ball in 1880. In 1884, the brothers began producing glass home-canning jars, the product that established Ball as a household name. The company moved from Buffalo, New York, to Muncie, Indiana, in 1887 because it had plentiful natural gas reserves needed to make glass.

The Ball brothers later bought what became Ball State University.

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