Ball Corporation

Industry: Containers Packaging

Fortune Rank: 307

BLL is a manufacturer of metal and plastic packaging, primarily for beverages and foods, and a supplier of aerospace and other technologies and services to commercial customers. For the six months ended 7/03/05, net sales rose 7% to $2.88B. Net income rose less than 1% to $137.6M. Results reflect strong demand for steel food cans and Heat-Tek bottles for hot-filled beverages, partially offset by lower margins and business consolidation costs.

Ball Corporation (Ball) conducts its business in three segments: North American packaging, International packaging, and Aerospace and Technologies. In North America Ball manufactures and sells aluminum, steel and polyethylene terephthalate (PET) containers, primarily for beverages and foods. It produces two-piece and three-piece steel food containers for packaging vegetables, fruit, soups, meat, seafood, nutritional products, pet food and other products. Ball Packaging Europe produces two-piece beverage cans and can ends for producers of beer, carbonated soft drinks, mineral water, fruit juices, energy drinks, isotonics, milk-based beverages, coffee drinks and alcoholic-mixed drinks. The aerospace and technologies segment includes defense operations, civil space systems and commercial space operations. On March 17, 2004, Ball acquired ConAgra Grocery Products Company's (ConAgra) interest in Ball Western Can Company LLC (Ball Western Can) located in Oakdale, California.

Ball Corporation

Ball Corporation is a Fortune 500 company. In 2010 Ball Corporation was ranked number 307 on the Fortune 500 list, making it the 307th largest company in the United States when judged by revenue.

Ball Corporation achieved revenue of $7,345.30 million in 2010 and earned a profit of $387.90 million.

Ball Corporation' rank improves

The company ranking improved in 2010, moving up the Fortune 500 list to 307th compared to 336th in 2009. This was based on its 2009 revenue of $7,562 million (a change of 0 million compared to 2010) and profits of $320 million (a change of $68 million compared to 2009).

Another point of view

To many investors, profits are more important than the revenue a company earns. If the Fortune 500 was ranked by profits instead of revenue then Ball Corporation would be ranked 247th rather than 307th due to its profits of $388 in 2010.

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