YORK, PA. - Graham Packaging Co. LP has decided to close a container blow molding plant in Wrexham, Wales, after failing to find a buyer for the operation.
York-based Graham plans to shut the plant, which employs 67, by the end of the second quarter, spokesman Donald Sarvey said Jan. 18 by telephone. The plant makes high density polyethylene containers for food, beverages and household uses.
Several of the plant's primary customers have shifted work to other locations in the United Kingdom or continental Europe, said Ashok Sudan, vice president and general manager of Graham Packaging Europe. The company attempted to restructure or sell the operation but was not successful, Sudan said.
Graham bought the facility in 1998 when it purchased five plants in Europe from CarnaudMetalbox, a unit of Philadelphia-based Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. The building will be sold.
Graham still is committed to expanding in Europe, Sarvey said, and plans to open a container plant in France later this year.