For more than a century, Owens-Illinois has delivered iconic, brand-building glass packaging to a growing global marketplace. The company was founded in Ohio by Michael J. Owens when he revolutionized the glassmaking industry with invention of the automatic bottle-making machine in 1903.
Since then, O-I has expanded to nearly every corner of the globe, with 80 plants in 23 countries spanning North America, South America, Europe and Asia Pacific. We are proud to employ 27,000 talented people around the world who display the same ingenuity and passion of our founder. As one of only 57 companies to be included on the Fortune 500 list every year since it began in 1955, we continue to build on that solid foundation and had revenues of $6.2 billion in 2015.
As a preferred packaging partner for our customers, we provide unmatched expertise in glass container design, engineering, manufacturing, quality and service, using industry-leading technology and best practices. Our employees thrive on using their expertise to help our customers connect with and appeal to consumers. Packaging is the first interaction consumers have with a product, and O-I glass conveys an image of superior quality and protects and preserves the taste of food and beverages. Glass is also the world’s most natural and sustainable package, make from three abundant natural ingredients and 100%, endlessly recyclable.
Working at O-I
At O-I, we know that our people differentiate us from our competitors and make our success possible. So we are committed to fostering an environment that attracts and embraces the brightest minds and creating a culture that welcomes diverse ideas and perspectives while encouraging growth and rewarding performance.
Ask any of our 27,000 employees what unites us, and they'll tell you it's our passion for creating iconic, sustainable, beautiful, brand-building glass packaging. Our employees bring craftsmanship, quality and commitment to the creation of every glass container.
Our culture represents a unique combination of Midwest roots and global perspectives. Our employees around the world represent a range of nationalities, languages, customs and lifestyles. As we have grown, we have welcomed many cultures into our family yet remain one O-I, with values that transcend all geographies: safety, passion, teamwork, integrity, excellence, customer centricity and diversity.
For decades we have provided rewarding, stable jobs to thousands of employees around the world. In addition to good wages, we provide employees with a suite of benefits – including health care, retirement and other country-specific amenities. We also sponsor a comprehensive health and wellness program for our employees, and our training and development programs, along with our scale and footprint, provide significant opportunities for growth.
O-I is proud to support the communities in which our people live and work. Our employees around the world give to their communities through volunteerism and community service, and the company supports a variety of organizations and initiatives that advance education, protect the environment and promote arts and culture.