ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y. -- Senator Kirsten Gillibrand got a feel for what it's like producing up to 2.8 million glass bottles a day.
The senator toured Ardagh Group in Elmira Heights Friday. The Chemung County manufacturer has been in operation for a hundred years. About 334 employees work there.
Plant leaders say they like to keep their services in the surrounding area.
"We do a lot of business in Upstate New York. Thirty percent of our product that we do produce is shipped din New York State. Whether it be Rochester, Genesee Brewing, Lidestri Foods in Rochester and also FX Matts, to name a few," said John Pradon, plant manager at Ardagh Group.
Leaders say high fuel and compensation costs do have a negative impact on the business.