A 30-year-old Michigan packaging company is relocating its plastic container operation from Detroit to Grand Rapids amid a general reorganization.
GLT Packaging Corp. plans to shift 10 Detroit-based positions to its longtime downtown Grand Rapids building, Chief Financial Officer Steve White said in a Jan. 10 telephone interview. The workers assemble and repair returnable containers for automotive clients, he said.
White said several considerations prompted the decision to move the decade-old plastics operation from Detroit, including the recent death of a longtime supervisor. ``It makes it easier for us to manage from West Michigan,'' he said.
It's unclear if all of the workers will relocate to Grand Rapids, but the number of positions will not change, he said.
GLT also is relocating 80 employees of its corrugated-paper operation from a Grand Rapids plant to a plant in nearby Kentwood, which GLT bought after Michigan Packaging Co. shuttered the facility in 2006.
GLT has about $12 million in annual sales, White said, with plastics making up about 10 percent of its operations.