A firm with local ties is partnering to provide bottles to a Missouri brewery.

Ardagh Glass Packaging on Tuesday announced a partnership with Kansas City Bier Company to supply all of its glass beer bottles.

Ardagh, which operates glass manufacturing facilities in Dunkirk and Winchester, is expected to provide more than 2.6 million bottles annually. Kansas City Bier uses 100% and endlessly recyclable glass bottles.

“Ardagh Glass Packaging enjoys partnering with craft brewers like Kansas City Bier that have a passion for glass bottles and sustainable practices,” said Ardagh vice president for beer and beverage Clint Gawart in a press release. “We’ve supplied the brewery for the past four years and are elated they continue to package all of their products in 12oz glass bottles designed and manufactured by Ardagh.”

Purdue exploring

Purdue University announced Wednesday that it is working with Duke Energy to explore the feasibility of using advanced nuclear energy to meet the campus community’s long-term energy needs.

Purdue and Duke plan to study power made through small modular reactors, the university said in a press release. The university is currently powered through Wade Utility Plant, which is a combined heat and power system that uses steam and chilled water.

“No other option holds as much potential to provide reliable, adequate electric power with zero carbon emissions,” Purdue president Mitch Daniels said in the release. “Innovation and new ideas are at the core of what we do at Purdue, and that includes searching for ways to minimize the use of fossil fuels …”

IU Health loses

IU Health this week said it had a $29.8 million operating loss in the first quarter of 2022, the Indianapolis Star reported.

The newspaper said IU Health indicated the loss was tied to COVID-19 and the ongoing labor shortage. It reported that IU Health saw an 16% increase in expenses over the previous year while operating revenue rose by 3%.

“The challenges from the pandemic again show the critical need for hospital systems to maintain a strong financial position to be able to manage unforeseen operating challenges and continue serving the patients who depend on us,” IU Health senior vice president and chief financial officer Jenni Alvey told the Indianapolis Star.

Tyson launches

Tyson Foods is starting a program to provide free education to its employees.

The company announced in a press release Monday that beginning this summer employees will be able to pursue associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and other certificates for free.

It is working with Guild to expand its existing Upward Academy program to provide access to more than 175 programs through universities and other educators.

Tyson is investing $60 million over four years for the program.

“This commitment to our team members reinforces our belief that they are the lifeblood of our current and future success,” Tyson executive vice president and chief sustainability officer said in a press release.

Walgreen accelerates

Walgreens plans to get to its goal even faster.

The company announced this week that it plans to accomplish its goal of providing 100% cage-free shell and liquid eggs in its stores by the end of this year. Its target, initially announced in 2016, was to be cage-free by 2025.

IU appoints

Indiana University has appointed Julie Payne-Kirchmeier to the new role of vice president for student success.

Payne-Kirchmeier is currently vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University.

In her new role, which she will start Aug. 1, she will be in charge of advocating for student interests and the student perspective in all university decision making.

"Students are the center of the universe at IU, and that is why we designed a senior leadership role focused on the issues of importance to them," said Indiana University president Pamela Whitten in a press release. "Julie will be joining a team of dedicated staff and faculty focused on our students. Her deep experience and proven leadership will accelerate our support of student success.”

Getting smaller

The number of Subway locations decreased by almost 5% in 2021, The New York Post reported this week.

The newspaper, citing public filings, said the restaurant chain closed 1,043 more stores than it opened last year. That brings Subway’s total to 21,147 locations.