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Ball Foundation Expands Community Investment in 2012 to Support Education, Recycling and Community Engagement

Ball Foundation Expands Community Investment in 2012 to Support Education, Recycling and Community Engagement

TORONTO, March 1, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ -

Charitable grants to nonprofits help to advance social sustainability

The Ball Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Ball Corporation headquartered in Broomfield, Colo., awarded nearly $1.1 million in grants in 2012 to support many programs that create a positive, measurable impact in education, recycling and community engagement. The Foundation distributed the grants to nonprofit organizations operating in communities where Ball Corporation's employees live and work.

"For well over a century, Ball and our employees throughout the world have donated money and time to support programs that advance sustainable livelihoods because we believe it is important to be a good neighbor, corporate citizen and employer of choice in all our communities," Jennifer Hoover, executive director, The Ball Foundation, said. "Investing in the future of our communities through our Foundation's grants program helps build on this legacy by supporting organizations that solve problems central to our company values and business strategy that can truly make a positive impact."

Last year marked the first full year of the Foundation's grants program, which initially focused most of its support on nonprofits operating in the communities surrounding the company's headquarters and where nearly 25 percent of its global employee base lives. The Foundation will continue to support qualified nonprofits and their programs that create value for society and Ball Corporation's business.

In addition to these grants, The Ball Foundation matched qualified contributions in 2012 made from Ball's manufacturing plants to nonprofit organizations in their local communities. The Foundation's matching program doubled the impact of plant contributions to nonprofit organizations in Bristol, Verona and Williamsburg, Va., Golden, Colo., Columbus, Ohio and Baltimore, Md.

For a more comprehensive list of the Foundation's grant recipients, please visit For the latest Ball Corporation news and for other company information, please visit

About The Ball Foundation The Ball Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, private foundation. Founded in December, 2010, The Ball Foundation's mission is to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that sustain the communities in which we live and operate by improving and promoting education, recycling and community engagement.

About Ball Corporation Ball Corporation is a supplier of high quality packaging for beverage, food and household products customers, and of aerospace and other technologies and services, primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ approximately 15,000 people worldwide and reported 2012 sales of more than $8.7 billion.

Forward-Looking Statements This release contains "forward-looking" statements concerning future events and financial performance. Words such as "expects," "anticipates," "estimates" and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Key risks and uncertainties are summarized in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Exhibit 99.2 in our Form 10-K, which are available on our website and at Factors that might affect our packaging segments include fluctuation in product demand and preferences; availability and cost of raw materials; competitive packaging availability, pricing and substitution; changes in climate and weather; crop yields; competitive activity; failure to achieve anticipated productivity improvements or production cost reductions; mandatory deposit or other restrictive packaging laws; changes in major customer or supplier contracts or loss of a major customer or supplier; political instability and sanctions; and changes in foreign exchange rates or tax rates. Factors that might affect our aerospace segment include: funding, authorization, availability and returns of government and commercial contracts; and delays, extensions and technical uncertainties affecting segment contracts. Factors that might affect the company as a whole include those listed plus: accounting changes; changes in senior management; the recent global recession and its effects on liquidity, credit risk, asset values and the economy; successful or unsuccessful acquisitions; regulatory action or laws including tax, environmental, health and workplace safety, including U.S. FDA and other actions affecting products filled in our containers, or chemicals or substances used in raw materials or in the manufacturing process; governmental investigations; technological developments and innovations; goodwill impairment; antitrust, patent and other litigation; strikes; labor cost changes; rates of return projected and earned on assets of the company's defined benefit retirement plans; pension changes; uncertainties surrounding the U.S. government budget and debt limit; reduced cash flow; interest rates affecting our debt; and changes to unaudited results due to statutory audits or other effects.

Corporate Media Contact: Jim Peterson 303-460-2470,

Investor Contact: Ann T. Scott 303-460-3537,

/PRNewswire -- March 1/.

SOURCE: Ball Corporation

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