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Crown Holdings Incorporated (NYSECCK) (formerly Crown Cork & Seal Company), founded in 1892 by William Painter, is a Fortune 500 company based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. William Painter, an American of British descent, invented the crown cap for bottled carbonated beverages in 1891, and obtained a patent for it on February 2, 1892. From a modest beginning in 1892, the company had emerged as the world’s leading packaging company, and as of 2008, was operating 154 plants in 42 countries, employing over 24,000 people. It claims to manufacture one out of every five beverage cans used in the world, and one out of every three food cans used in North America and Europe.

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