New era for OKL

US based OKL Can Line, a supplier of equipment to the beverage can industry, is under new management.

CanTech International publisher Neil McRitchie was recently invited to meet the new owner and management team behind the buyout of OKL Can Line.

He travelled to the Chicagoland Speedway, Joliet, Illinois, to meet Tony Lacey (pictured), the new president and CEO of OKL.

Lacey gave up his job as one of the top plant managers at Rexam to make the move to OKL. Explaining his reason for doing so, Lacey said: “I love cans, but I also love precision. My father was a tooling engineer, and I began my career as a machinist working for Halliburton for six years, so I guess it’s in my blood. I felt I could do with a new challenge and I know with OKL this gives me the opportunity to make a difference.”

Graham Price, president global sales and marketing and formerly of Stolle, has also made the move to OKL.

Lacey has big plans for the future. “I want to take OKL Can Line to the next stage and for my employees to eventually own part of the company,” he adds.

For the full story see the October issue of CanTech International.

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