Ball Corp

By Baselinemag  |  Posted 2003-06-01 Email Print this article Print

Cookie-cutter overhauls and a system of 'sister plants' let the $4 billion can-maker digest acquisitions fast.

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Headquarters: 10 Longs Peak Drive, Broomfield, CO 80021

Phone: (303) 469-3131

Business: Makes plastic bottles, aluminum and metal cans.

Chief Information Officer: Tom Andrews

Financials in 2002: $3.9 billion in revenue, $159.3 million in net income, net profit margin 4.2%.

Challenge: To dominate sales of beverage and food cans by integrating operations of acquired factories with those of existing ones; streamline production; and improve the management of orders.


  • Grow sales 12% to 15% per year.
  • Improve earnings per share from $2.77 to $3.60 by 2003.
  • Increase the market value of the company from $1 billion to $5 billion in five years.
  • Become world's largest producer of beverage cans by end of 2003.

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