American National Can Co. will close its flexible plastics manufacturing facility in Mount Vernon, Ohio, this year and move equipment to other plants.
About 230 employees will be affected: 32 salaried and 200 hourly.
The plant converts polyester film and laminations for medical, specialty and food products. It operates two tandem-head extruders, one adhesive laminator, two wide-web printing presses, a narrow printing press, two bag/ pouch machines and 10-15 slitters.
A worker at the plant said a bag machine already has been moved to Asheville, N.C., and equipment to make Playtex-brand baby bottles has been moved to Cleveland.
``The age and high fixed costs of our Mount Vernon plant precluded the necessary returns to compete effectively. Our only choice was to move equipment to more efficient facilities,'' David Kowalski, ANC vice president of manufacturing for plastic packaging, said in a news release.
He said the company is restructuring its manufacturing base, ``investing in and upgrading our most competitive facilities.''
Employees will be let go gradually and some will be offered relocation. They will receive severance and extended medical coverage, the company said. A transition team consisting of company officials and union workers is working together on outplacement.
Plastics News estimated ANC's 1996 film sales at $551 million. The company makes film at 11 plants and employs about 2,000. Corporate total sales were $12.6 billion.
ANC makes metal and plastics packaging for the food, beverage and personal-care markets. It is a subsidiary of Pechiney SA, based in Paris.