As we prepare for full production of the EEASY Lid, we are in the process of creating a state-of-the-art production facility at our Dayton, Ohio headquarters and will begin manufacturing lug versions of the EEASY Lid in Q3/Q4 of this year.
We’ve tapped into a network of excellent companies to provide us with top-of-the-line production equipment and resources:
Our facility will be capable of producing lid sizes ranging from 58 millimeters to 82 millimeters to accommodate various demands in the industry.
The focus for manufacturing this year and leading into 2021 will be the 63-millimeter lug lids and 70-millimeter CT caps. The 63-millimeter lugs are the most popular size in the industry, dominating the total volume of lug lids manufactured. Lug lids are used on jarred pasta sauce products, while 70-millimeter CT caps are used on remaining jarred products.
Looking ahead to 2021 through 2022, our manufacturing plan will focus on the 82-millimeter lids. The remaining lugs manufactured for vacuum-sealed products are the 58-millimeter lids and 70-millimeter lids.
See photos below of our new facility and stay tuned for more updates as it nears completion!
By the CCT ™ Team
We’ve gotten a lot of questions about how the EEASY Lid came to be and the inspiration behind it. While everyone on the CCT team has been an integral part of its inception, we wanted to take a moment and pay homage to one of our late co-founders and masterminds behind the EEASY Lid, Pete Stodd.
Pete co-founded multiple businesses within the beer and beverage can industry that were both innovative and successful, such as Formatec Tooling Systems in 1986 and Container Development Ltd. in 1998. These businesses are world renown for providing cutting edge technology in metal forming. That’s when Pete went on to become a managing partner here at CCT, where he developed and perfected the EEASY Lid to aid consumers in the task of opening jars.
The EEASY Lid concept was born after Pete was approached by a close friend, Dawn Real, who couldn’t open a jar due to her loss of strength after undergoing surgery for breast cancer. She asked Pete why there wasn’t an easier way to open jars. Pete recognized there were more people like Dawn – including those with disabilities, physical limitations and the overall aging population – who struggle daily to do simple tasks such as opening a stubborn jar.
Pete and managing partner Jim Bach had the insight and initiative to create the EEASY Lid and spent the next eight years developing and testing prototypes.
While Pete sadly passed away last year, everyone here at CCT carries on his legacy as we continue to raise awareness of the EEASY Lid and keep inclusivity and consumer needs in mind.
For more information on the case for inclusivity in packaging, read our recent blog post on the topic here.