E-cig manufacturer buys former Ball plant


In this Feb. 20, 2014 photo, a patron exhales vapor from an e-cigarette at the Henley Vaporium in New York.

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Published: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 6:25 p.m.

A New Jersey-based electronic cigarette manufacturer has purchased the former Ball Corporation beer can lid plant, a 93,000-square-foot facility in the Northwest Industrial Park off State Road 121.

The Halo Company of Pompton Plains, New Jersey, is the buyer, according to a news release from Coldwell Banker Commercial M.M. Parrish Realtors, which represented the seller.

The company’s owner said through his broker that he did not want to comment at this time.

Halo recently started advertising jobs in Gainesville through online job sites, including shipping, light industrial and machine line work, stock production, quality control and inspection, product identification and labeling, and customer service jobs.

A 2013 article in Northjersey.com said that Halo had 30 employees at the time and sold products online and in 500 U.S. cigar and tobacco shops.

Halo makes flavored liquid used in e-cigarettes and sells e-cigarettes and accessories.

Ball Corporation closed its beverage can lid plant in early 2013, affecting 127 employees. The company said it was closing the plant because market demand had shifted to specialty cans from the kind of standard cans for which the plant supplied lids, and because the plant was farther from customers than other lid plants.

Beau Beery of Coldwell Banker said there was a lot of interest from companies for such a large building.

Ovale, an e-cigarette manufacturer with a store on Southwest 34th Street, recently leased a 15,000-square-foot building not far from the Northwest Industrial Park to produce flavored liquid nicotine.

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