Ball Corporation Receives Innovator of the Year Award from MillerCoors

May 30, 2013

BROOMFIELD, Colo., May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- MillerCoors has chosen Ball Corporation (NYSE: BLL) as its 2012 Innovator of the Year. Ball will receive the award during a reception at MillerCoors' corporate headquarters in Chicago on May 30, 2013.

The Innovator of the Year Award recognizes Ball's contributions in beverage packaging innovation as a supplier to MillerCoors. Ball provides MillerCoors with aluminum beverage cans and aluminum bottles for many of its brands such as Coors Light and Miller Lite.

"We're honored to receive this recognition from our partners at MillerCoors," said Michael Hranicka, president for Ball's metal beverage packaging division, Americas. "The award recognizes the innovative metal packaging that has resulted from the close collaboration between MillerCoors and Ball. It is also a testament to the value we place on innovation and the total commitment at Ball to being close to our customers and understanding their needs and future direction."

The Innovator of the Year award is presented annually to recognize a supplier's contributions in areas such as innovation, quality, service, competitive cost, safety and corporate responsibility.

"Ball continues to raise the bar with their outstanding passion and dedication," said Jim Sheehy, vice president of procurement for MillerCoors. "It is through their commitment and partnership with MillerCoors that Ball stands out as Innovator of the Year."

In concert with MillerCoors, Ball creates innovative packaging technologies with the goal of delighting consumers. Some of the more recent innovations include Miller Lite's Punch Top™ can and Coors Light's latest for this summer, "The World's Most Refreshing Can."

MillerCoors is the second-largest beer company in the United States. Led by two of the best-selling beers in the industry, Coors Light and Miller Lite, MillerCoors has a broad portfolio of brands across every major industry segment. MillerCoors is a joint venture of SABMiller plc and Molson Coors Brewing Company. Learn more at, at or on Twitter through @MillerCoors.

Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ approximately 15,000 people worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion. For the latest Ball news and for other company information, please visit

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