Pliant Corp. plans to close a blown film operation in Palmer, Mass., which it acquired as part of its recent purchase of Uniplast Industries Inc.
The operation consists of two separate facilities that focus on converter and specialty films. It did $20 million in sales last year and employs about 100. Pliant began phasing out operations July 30 and will cease all production in Palmer by Oct. 1, the firm announced.
Palmer's customers will be supplied partly from Pliant's plant in South Deerfield, Mass., which has similar product lines, according to spokeswoman Margaret MacBeth. Pliant will move some of Palmer's equipment to other operations and will sell outdated or redundant machinery, she said in a telephone interview.
The shutdown is part of a continuing process of evaluating operations and improving efficiency, MacBeth added.
Stan Bikulege, Pliant executive vice president of operations, said in a news release that the firm has invested about $100 million in capital improvements in the past two years. The upgrades will help ensure the firm's ability to serve Palmer's customers from other locations, he said.
Pliant completed the Uniplast acquisition July 18. Uniplast has two plants in Orillia, Ontario, and one each in Harrisville, R.I., and Columbus, Ind.
Pliant of Schaumburg, Ill., was known as Huntsman Packaging Corp. until its name change last fall.