Owens-Illinois Wins JCC Captain John Smith Award

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From left: Supervisor John McGlennon, Economic Development Authority Chair Marshall Warmer, Owens-Illinois Plant Manager Christopher Tonk, Owens-Illinois Human Resource Manager Karen Morris, Supervisor Kevin Onizuk, County Administrator Bryan Hill, and Board of Supervisors Chair Michael Hipple. (Courtesy James City County)
From left: John McGlennon, Marshall Warmer, Christopher Tonk, Karen Morris, Kevin Onizuk, Bryan Hill and Michael Hipple. (Courtesy James City County)

The James City County Board of Supervisors and Economic Development Authority recently awarded Owens-Illinois the Captain John Smith Award.

The Toano-based glass bottle manufacturer received the award at the 22nd annual Celebration of Business on Nov. 19 in the Jamestown Settlement’s Rotunda and Great Hall.

The award is presented each year to a business, organization or individual for “exemplary contributions in the James City County business community,” according to a recent news release from the county.

Powhatan District Supervisor and Board of Supervisors Chairman Michael Hipple presented the award to Christopher Tonk, plant manager, and Karen Morris, human resources manager.

“Owens-Illinois employs 240 employees at the local plant, producing approximately 1,930,000 bottles per day through their four production lines,” Hipple said. “The company is currently the largest user of recycled glass containers in the United States.”

The company, which has been a member of the James City County business community since 1980, was also praised for its decision to invest in a major expansion in their local operation in 2009 and its role in supporting the Keep America Beautiful Foundation and the National Recycling Coalition.

Tonk thanked the county, the board and the James City County Economic Development Authority on behalf of Owens-Illinois.