Berry Plastics Corp. will close its Vancouver, Wash., specialty films plant Jan. 3.
The Evansville, Ind., firm will transfer production to facilities in Wisconsin, Indiana and Georgia, it said in a statement. The Vancouver operation makes film and sheeting for a variety of markets.
Berry did not specify which plants will take up the transferred work, but the firm's film plants in those states include Chippewa Falls, Wis.; Bloomington, Goshen and Odon, Ind.; and Columbus, Covington, Washington, Calhoun and Dalton, Ga.
“Due to the excess capacity within the Specialty Films Division and uncertain economic environment, a review of our business determined this step is necessary,” said division President Dave Corey. “This action allows the company to utilize available capacity at other Berry facilities to best streamline its operations and most efficiently serve its customers.”
About 39 employees will be affected in Vancouver. Berry said it will help them find jobs at other Berry operations or within the local labor market.
A Berry spokeswoman said the firm did not want to provide details beyond its news release.
Berry reported film and sheet sales of about $1.7 billion for its fiscal year ended Oct. 2, 2010. That business employs about 5,000.
In addition to blown and cast film, the company does bag making, laminating, coating and printing at its 27 plants in North America. Materials processed include polyethylene, PET, polypropylene, PVC, polystyrene, nylon and post-consumer resins.
Berry previously announced it will shut a rigid packaging plant in Henrico, Va., and a closures operation in Madisonville, Ky.