Berry closing Vancouver, Wash., plant

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: December 8, 2011 6:00 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Packaging, Film & Sheet

EVANSVILLE, IND. (Dec. 8, 2:20 p.m. ET) — Berry Plastics Corp. will close its Vancouver, Wash., specialty films plant on Jan. 3.

The Evansville, Ind., firm said in a statement that it will transfer production to facilities in Wisconsin, Indiana and Georgia. The Vancouver operation makes film and sheeting for a variety of markets.

Berry film plants in the target states include Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Bloomington, Goshen and Odon in Indiana; and Columbus, Covington, Washington, Calhoun and Dalton in Georgia. Berry did not specify which locations will take up Vancouver’s work.

“Due to the excess capacity within the specialty films division and uncertain economic environment, a review of our business determined this step is necessary,” stated division President Dave Corey. “This action allows the company to utilize available capacity at other Berry facilities to best streamline its operations and most efficiently serve its customers.”

About 39 employees will be affected in Vancouver. Berry said it will help them find employment at other Berry operations or within the local labor market.

A Berry spokeswoman said the company did not want to go into more detail than the Nov. 3 announcement.

Berry’s film and sheet sales were about $1.7 billion for the year ended Oct. 2, 2010, according to Plastics News survey information. The business employs about 5,000. In addition to blown and cast film, the company does bag making, laminating, coating and printing at its 27 plants in North America. Materials processed include polyethylene, PET, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, nylon and post-consumer resins.

Berry’s Vancouver announcement follows recent statements that it will close a rigid packaging plant in Henrico, Va., and a closures operation in Madisonville, Ky.


Comments

Berry closing Vancouver, Wash., plant

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: December 8, 2011 6:00 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Kydex, Allen Extruders joined under Sekisui SPI name

September 17, 2014 4:12 pm ET

Sekisui Chemical Co. Ltd. is combining plastic sheet makers Kydex LLC and Allen Extruders LLC under one roof as Sekisui SPI.    More

Image

NY packaging company aims for zero waste

September 16, 2014 1:36 pm ET

Plastic folding carton maker Diamond Packaging is no longer sending any manufacturing waste to landfills.    More

Image

American Renolit sees steady gains in the film market

September 16, 2014 11:51 am ET

American Renolit Corp. has changed its product mix, changed its customer base and managed to grow in a market that was initially skeptical about the...    More

Image

Flexibility for complexity key for Brampton

September 16, 2014 11:26 am ET

Blown film machinery maker Brampton Engineering Inc. is well positioned to meet growing demand for complex film structures, highly customized...    More

Image

Primex finds success among diverse product offerings

September 15, 2014 3:09 pm ET

What was once a run-down stretch of road in Richmond, Ind., has given way to building after building of extrusion machinery at Primex Plastics Corp. t...    More

Market Reports

Shale Gas Market - Analysis of North American Region

This report highlights the impact of shale-based natural gas on the North American plastics market and features an in-depth analysis of production trends in the United States during 2013 and a forecast for 2014 and beyond.

Learn more

Thermoformed Packaging 2014 Market Review & Outlook North America

This in-depth report analyzes economic and market trends, legislative/regulatory activity impacting supply and demand, business opportunities and threats, materials pricing, manufacturing technology, as well as growth strategies being implemented by thermoformed packaging companies.

Learn more

Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion in North America 2014

U.S. demand for extruded plastics is expected to grow by 3 percent in 2014, with PVC remaining the largest segment.

Plastic pipe will post the strongest gains through 2018, continuing to take market share from competing materials in a range of markets.

Our latest market report provides in-depth analysis of current trends and their financial impact on the pipe, profile and tubing extrusion industry in North America.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

More Events