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A timeline of lid technologies at Ball®.
Ball Brothers Glass Manufacturing Company founded.
Zinc caps made for glass jars.
Ball® brand relocates to Muncie, IN.
Ball® Company begins shipping wooden boxes to grocery stores.
Aluminum caps and glass wire-bale made for jars.
First Ball® Blue Book of Home Canning printed.
Ball® brand begins making rubber-sealing rings for jars.
Kerr brand creates the first two-piece metal lid system with an attached rubber seal.
Ball® brand introduces two-piece closures made of zinc and glass
Ball® brand switches to two-piece closures made of tinplate.
Ball® brand develops plastisol sealant and discontinues using red rubber latex.
Ball® completes canning lid plant in Muncie, IN.
Ball® brand acquires Kerr brand, transfers manufacturing to Indiana.
Responding to consumers requests, Ball® brand begins researching and testing BPA-free lids.
Ball® and Kerr® brands become BPA free.
Ball® introduces the "Design Series" of colored, metallic lids safe for home canning.
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