Orbis Corp. will close a recently expanded plastic-pallet facility in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., in a move to hike efficiency and reduce costs.
The Oconomowoc company, a maker of reusable packaging and storage products, will start shifting equipment from the 73,000-square-foot plant this fall and shut the site by year's end, said spokeswoman Samantha Goetz. The closing will affect 65 workers, some of whom will be offered other employment at Orbis.
A team is putting together a plan to determine where the equipment will go, Goetz said. Orbis has six other manufacturing operations, all in North America. The company molds high density polyethylene and structural foam pallets at the Wisconsin facility.
Orbis picked up the Pleasant Prairie site in 2002 when it bought pallet competitor Nucon Corp. of Deerfield, Ill. Orbis added 25,000 square feet to the plant in 2003 to meet demand.
The closure will not reduce production capacity, Goetz said. ``We're just moving equipment to other existing plants,'' Goetz said. ``We continue to grow the business by utilizing other plants.''
Orbis' parent is Menasha Corp. of Neenah, Wis., which recorded 2003 sales of more than $1 billion.