Kent's Berry Plastics headed for closure

Staff writerMarch 11, 2014 

Layoffs have begun at Kent's Berry Plastics container plant as the plant heads for a May closure.

The plant is one of five plants nationwide targeted for shutdown by Evansville, Ind.'s Berry Plastics Corp.

According to a layoff warning notice filed with Washington's Department of Employment Security, 118 workers will be laid off at the Kent plant.

The company had previously laid off 48 workers at the plant.

Berry has announced it will also close plants in Houston and in Alsip, Ill. The company said it will announce later two other plants to be closed. The Kent plant makes packages for the food industry.

The plant closures are expected to cut Berry's operating costs by $27 million, the company said. No products will be eliminated as a result of the plant shutdowns.



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