The Reynolds Food Packaging division of Alcoa Inc. will close two thermoforming plants in the West as part of a larger restructuring under its parent company.
Alcoa announced the plan Nov. 27, saying 120 jobs will be cut in Visalia, Calif., and Sparks, Nev. Its Visalia site will close by August and Sparks will close around the same time, though exact details were not released.
``You always have to look at the entire manufacturing presence,'' Alcoa spokesman Kevin Lowery said Nov. 29 by telephone. The firm evaluated the plants on overall efficiency, location, costs and other factors, he said.
The thermoforming equipment will be moved to other sites, Lowery said. Earlier this year, Pittsburgh-based Alcoa announced a thermoforming-related expansion at its plant in Grove City, Pa. After closing a plant in Madison, Ga., in the latter part of 2005, Alcoa relocated the site's thermoforming equipment to Grove City.
At Grove City, Alcoa installed a PET sheet extrusion line with annual capacity of 9 million pounds to support thermoforming operations there. The $1.7 million project included a 1,000-square-foot expansion, installation of two resin silos and an enclosed loading dock.
The company will maintain distribution in Visalia. Of its 160-member workforce, 100 jobs will be lost. The Sparks site is substantially smaller, employing 20, Lowery said.
Reynolds Food Packaging is part of the Alcoa Packaging and Consumer Products division, which also operates thermoforming plants in Laval, Quebec; Somerstown, Ontario; Rogers, Minn.; Mount Vernon, Ky.; and Dowington, Pa. The unit had estimated thermoforming sales of $370 million in North America, according to Plastics News' 2006 ranking.