A plastics seasonal products company has closed its doors in Lebanon, Ind.
General Foam Plastics Corp, shut its facility in Lebanon — its Prairie Industries Division — on June 30, eliminating about 40 jobs. The factory made Christmas trees and small swimming pools.
Officials for General Foam did not respond to repeated requests for information on the closure, confirmed by the company's switchboard operator in Lebanon, and apparently did not discuss the closure with local development authorities.
“We've got zero response from [General Foam],” said Ben Worrell, business development manager for Boone County Economic Development Corp., in a phone interview. “We want to reach out to the employees to help them.”
Indiana state records available on line have no record about General Foam's closure in Lebanon. A search of the state's Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification records to the end of June show no warning of the closure.
A local press report speculated the Lebanon production operations were being moved to Mexico or to China but Plastics News could not confirm the report.
General Foam is based in Norfolk, Va., and runs production plants in that city and Virginia Beach, Va.; Tarboro, N.C., and San Bernardino, Calif. It recently bought Beckett Corp, a designer and marketer of water gardening items and related products, and industrial pumps.