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Ball (NYSE: BLL) will be reducing its existing 12-ounce beverage can and end production capacity and increasing specialty beverage can capacity in North America

The company's metal beverage packaging manufacturing plants in Columbus, Ohio, and Gainesville, Fla., will permanently cease production at the end of 2012, subject to customer requirements

Ball expects to record a total after-tax charge of approximately $30 million related to these actions

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