#137: Kankakee's Crown Jewel: A Billion Can Story - ON SITE!

Kankakee Podcast

Feb 12 2024 • 54 mins

In this industrious installment of the Kankakee Podcast, our very own Jake LaMore dives into the mechanics of Crown Holdings’ impressive operation with esteemed guests Juan Guzman and Ray Garcia. As we peel back the aluminum curtain of the Bradley plant, we uncover the riveting journey of 12-ounce cans that quench the thirst of millions. This episode celebrates the mastery of manufacturing that takes place right in our backyard.

From the clanking symphony of machinery that might be mistaken for disco beats to the delicate dance of printing and varnishing, Juan and Ray guide us through the plant's relentless pursuit to churn out 6 million cans daily. As Crown's human resources manager, Juan brings nearly a decade of expertise to the table, explaining how a focus on employee engagement and reducing equipment speeds has led to an astounding 2 billion cans produced annually. Ray, with his diverse background, shares insights into the plant's complex processes, from trimming to testing.

This episode is a testament to Kankakee's industrious heart, as Crown Holdings artfully combines efficiency with environmental stewardship. We gain a renewed appreciation for the ubiquitous aluminum can as our guests highlight community efforts in recycling education – from school programs to reducing landfill waste, the commitment to sustainability is clear.

Plus, there’s something quite personal for Juan – the pride in spotting and purchasing cans his plant produced, identifiable by their unique codes, right from the grocery shelf.

So, pop a tab and settle in for an episode that delves deep into the elegant engineering and community spirit that keep our favorite beverages just a can away. Tune in for a glimpse into the ingenuity that powers Kankakee’s Crown Holdings and the daily lives of those who craft these containers with care.

And remember, the next time you recycle that aluminum can, you’re part of a much larger story of sustainability and community pride.

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