CANPACK reaches milestone in Muncie manufacturing plant construction

In an earlier version of this story the first identify of Jim Gorman, senior project manager with Blue Rock Design, was incorrect. We regret the error.

MUNCIE, Ind. — The sheer size of the CANPACK beverage and beer can manufacturing unit, just finishing its rise up from an empty field close to Fuson and Cowan streets off the Muncie Bypass, invitations a consult with the thesaurus.

“Colossal,” “great,” gigantic” and even “gargantuan” all look ideal for the edifice angling southeast to northwest atop what was farm dust. It will encompass 862,000 sq. ft and use 4,500 tons of structural metal and 75,000 cubic yards of concrete when carried out, according to its general contractor.

Traci Lutton, vice president of Muncie-Delaware County Financial Progress Alliance, claimed the normal consensus is that the still-underneath-design plant is now the premier standing building in Delaware County, rivaling Progress Rail’s 750,000-square-foot manufacturing unit found just north up Cowan Road. That behemoth manufacturing unit was built by Westinghouse in 1960 to produce giant ability transformers.