Ball Metal Beverage Container in Bristol, Va., is one of more than 30 of the company s manufacturing locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and Europe. The company manufactures aluminum and steel beverage cans and can ends. Ball Metal produced approximately 33 billion cans in 2004. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ball Corporation, one of the largest producers of metal beverage cans in the world. Ball Corporation operates more than 30 plants and manufactures more than 45 billion beverage cans each year. The company holds numerous patented advancements in can- and end-making technologies. Additionally, Ball promotes recycling and uses extensive amounts of recycled aluminum in its operations. Ball Corporation reported sales in excess of $5.5 billion in 2005.