About O-I


Founded in 1903 as the Owens Bottle Company, Owens-Illinois has grown into the world’s leading manufacturer of glass containers. Our founder, Michael J. Owens, invented the automatic bottle-making machine, which became the foundation for today's glassmaking industry. The same extensive capabilities that many of the world’s leading beverage and food brands take advantage of are yours to leverage as well.


A bottle isn’t simply a means of preserving your product, it’s a means of presenting it as well. O-I takes both form and function into account as our in-house designers and engineers work hand-in-hand to deliver a variety of both traditional and innovative container designs from which you can choose. Moreover, we leverage market expertise and consumer trends to design containers that help elevate your brand.


Innovation is equal parts inspiration and collaboration. That’s why O-I has built a world-class, state-of-the-art glass pilot facility that brings together research and development, product design, engineering and commercial expertise under one roof to bring you as many product and process innovations as possible


Our commitment to sustainability begins with the very essence of glass itself. Glass is pure. Glass is honest. And in a day and age when consumers are never quite sure what’s in the products they consume, or the packaging that contains those products, we’re proud to produce a natural, recyclable, environmentally sound product.


Glass isn’t just a business. Not to us, anyway. It’s an art. An art we’ve been perfecting for more than a century. What that means in simple terms is, whatever bottle you choose from O-I, you’re getting the very best of its kind. Because we put as much expertise into the products we make as you do into yours.