OVERLAND PARK, KAN.-The plastics operations of dairy dessert packaging maker Sealright Co. Inc. have not been affected yet by a sweeping corporate restructuring announced late last year, but could be eventually. Spokesman David Burket, of Fleishman-Hillard Inc. in Kansas City, Mo., said a 14,000-square-foot addition to Sealright's Fulton, N.Y., paperboard plant should be complete this spring, and will house equipment from the company's DeSoto, Kan., plant. Some work from the De Soto facility also will go to Sealright's paperboard factory in Los Angeles.
In turn, company headquarters and research and development units will be moved from Overland Park and Kansas City to the vacated space at DeSoto.
``The 480,000-square-foot plant at De Soto will continue to be primarily a paperboard packaging plant, with the administrative and research portions on site,'' Burket said.
``For the present, our pro-duction of rigid containers for cultured dairy products in Los Angeles, and our plastic film plants in San Leandro, Calif.; Akron, Ohio; and Charlotte, N.C., will not be affected by any of these consolidations,'' he said.
The consolidations are part of a restructuring plan at the struggling packaging company, aimed at increasing efficiency and cutting cost. The company on Feb. 7 announced a net loss of $12.8 million for 1995's fourth quarter, due largely to a $16.9 million pretax charge for the restructuring.
Sales for the fourth quarter of 1995 slipped 4.34 percent to $63.5 million from $66.4 million for the same period in 1994. The company blamed pricing pressures from competitors, and flagging sales in some of its markets for the loss.
Burket said the company will announce further consolidations during 1996, but would not say if they would affect any of its plastic products.
Sealright makes yogurt, cottage cheese and sour cream tubs in Los Angeles, and blown film packaging wraps at its three plastic film plants. It also has a packaging machinery plant in Raleigh, N.C.
Its Sealright Films unit in San Leandro placed 142nd on Plastics News' 1995 ranking of North American film and sheet manufacturers, with $10 million in annual sales.