HATFIELD, PA. (Updated April 6, 2:35 p.m. ET) — Plastic cutlery and straws producer Jet Plastica Industries Inc. of Hatfield, Pa., plans to close by June 30.
Jet Plastica's second plant is in Fowler, Calif. Fowler City Manager David Elias was told Jet plans to close both facilities.
Jet officials could not be reached for comment on April 6 because the company was closed for a holiday.
“They told us about a month ago they were trying to sell the business but they declined the offers,” Elias said in a telephone interview April 6.
“We don't know why they wanted to sell,” Elias said. “Their sales seemed good.”
Fowler city officials offered to help with a planned expansion at Jet's California plant 1½ years ago and Jet pulled the plug on the expansion plan. Now they've hired an auction firm to sell their equipment, Elias said. Jet does not own its Fowler facility.
Jet notified the city about the closure in late March by email and certified letter.
The Fresno Bee reported the Fowler operation employs more than 100 and makes plastic straws. Jet's website said other products the firm makes include cutlery, stirrers and dining kits.
Email messages and telephone calls to two Jet competitors were unanswered but it is unclear if that was due to staff being on holiday April 6.
Plastics News has estimated Jet's total sales were about $130 million last year, of which about $88 million was for injection molding. It mainly uses polystyrene and polypropylene.