Berry Plastics Corp. plans to cut 77 jobs at its films plant in Covington, Ga., by mid-April.
In a Feb. 10 filing with the Georgia Department of Labor, officials with Evansville, Ind.-based Berry said the cuts are being made to streamline operations, improve costs and improve our ability to service our customers.
Officials added in the letter that Berry has determined that there is excess capacity within [its] Specialty Films business. Affected employees work in the plant's institutional can-liner unit. Of the 77 job cuts, 32 will be machine operators and machine tenders.
Berry will offer severance benefits to affected salaried employees, company officials added in the filing.
In a Feb. 23 phone interview, Berry human resources Vice President Michael Bly said other parts of the Covington plant will remain open.
Since mid-2010, Berry has announced plans to close a 241-employee sheeting plant in Battleboro, N.C.; a 100-employee duct-tape plant in Albertville, Ala.; a 95-employee films plant in Lakeville, Minn.; and a 25-employee films plant in Orillia, Ontario.
Berry's Covalence Specialty Coatings LLC unit also had planned to close a 66-employee packaging plant in Doswell, Va., until that plant was purchased by its executives and a local investment bank.
In September, Berry announced it would spend almost $9 million on new bottle-manufacturing equipment and add 12 jobs at a plant operated by its Captive Plastics unit in Peosta, Iowa.
Berry ranks as one of North America's largest and most diversified plastics processors. In recent Plastics News rankings, Berry held the following positions: No. 1 in injection molding, No. 3 in film and sheet extrusion, No. 5 in thermoforming and No. 11 in blow molding.
Berry continued its long string of acquisitions in late 2009 when it bought flexible packaging maker Pliant Corp. for more than $600 million.