Graham closing Delta, Ohio, plant

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YORK, PA. (March 22, 1:40 p.m. ET) — Graham Packaging Co. LP will close its Delta, Ohio plant later this year.

The plant will permanently end production during the third quarter of 2012, between July 1 and Sept. 30, and lay off 55 hourly and 10 salaried workers, according to a WARN act notice filed with the state March 14.

Overcapacity has forced the company to consolidate its plant operations, according to the notice.

Affected employees can apply for positions at other Graham plants. Those who stay with the company until they are released will receive severance packages.

Graham, based in York, Pa., is North America’s 2nd largest blow molder with total sales of $2.5 billion in 2011, according to the most recent Plastics News ranking.

The company has approximately 6,700 employees and 75 plants in North America.

In June 2011, Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. purchased Graham for $4.5 billion.