In a continuing effort to consolidate, Pliant Corp. will close a film-production facility in Merced, Calif., and shift some of that work to a Kentucky plant.
The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company notified the 50 employees at the northern California facility during the week of Sept. 6 of the upcoming plant shuttering. The 37,000-square-foot facility makes shrink wrap for pallets and PVC film, according to Pliant spokeswoman Margaret MacBeth.
The film maker will shift six extrusion lines for the hand-wrapped shrink film to its facility in Danville, Ky., MacBeth said. That facility also makes the same pallet film, under the trade name WinWrap.
``The [Merced] plant has been a good facility for us, but it makes sense to consolidate some of that work in other facilities,'' she said.
The Merced plant will close by the end of December, and all equipment will be moved by then, MacBeth said. The company is considering where to move the PVC film assets and is discussing a possible expansion in Danville to accommodate the new lines, she said.
Pliant bought the Merced facility in 1992 from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. The plant is Pliant's only California site.
The closing comes just after a recently announced expansion of Pliant's plant in Odon, Ind., and its acquisition in May of decorative coatings company Decora Inc. In July, Pliant announced plans to close Decora's flagship plant in Fort Edward, N.Y.