SPARTANBURG, S.C. (May 4, 2:55 p.m. ET) — Exopack LLC is ending production at its Seymour, Ind., plant, the company announced May 2.
The facility primarily makes paper pet-food bags, a market that has been shrinking as more customers switch to plastic packaging, said Chris Swalm, corporate marketing manager, in a May 3 phone interview.
“We had more open capacity than we could handle,” he said.
The facility will close its doors June 30, affecting 111 employees, according to a notice filed with the Indiana Department of Workforce Development.
Exopack will shift production to its plants in Spartanburg, S.C.; Tifton, Ga.; and Sibley, Iowa.
The Spartanburg-based company ranked No. 14 in Plastics News' most recent survey of North American film and sheet manufacturers, reporting $500 million in sales.
Exopack Holding Corp. reported a loss of $18.7 million in 2011. The company has about 2,460 employees at 18 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Canada and the United Kingdom, and a warehouse in China.