Alcoa Inc. will close its Mount Vernon, Ky., plastics packaging plant by midyear, the firm said March 1.
The Reynolds Food Packaging facility thermoforms and injection molds plastic trays and containers for bakery, delicatessen and food-service markets. It employs about 115 and will continue operating through April until Alcoa transfers production elsewhere.
``Despite the outstanding efforts of our workforce, the costs and demands of the market simply cannot support this facility,'' said Ray Newton, Reynolds Food Packaging director of thermoforming operations, in a news release.
The announcement comes about three months after Alcoa said it would close Reynolds Food Packaging plants in Visalia, Calif., and Sparks, Nev. Those operations are slated to shut around August and will lead to about 120 job losses. Visalia will continue to employ about 60 as a distribution center.
About a year ago, Pittsburgh-based Alcoa said it was expanding its Grove City, Pa., food-packaging plant.