Berry Plastics Group Inc. is closing a consumer packaging manufacturing site in Dunkirk, N.Y., a move that will put more than 50 people out of work in the coming months.
The Evansville, Ind.-based company informed the New York State Department of Labor that layoffs will occur between now and the end of October.
Berry Plastics also issued a statement regarding the decision to close the location and transfer work to other company locations.
“Production from the company's Dunkirk facility will be relocated to its existing facilities in Princeton, Ind.; Quad Cities, Iowa; and Hanover, Md. The decision to close the facility is in support of the company's efforts to best meet customer needs, while streamlining operations and increasing capacity utilization,” Berry Plastics said in the statement.
The Dunkirk facility blow molds products for a variety of markets, including food, personal care, spirits, pharmaceutical and household chemical. The last day of manufacturing is expected to be in early October, the company said.
The company said it will help employees find other work in Dunkirk and at other Berry Plastics sites.
Berry Plastics, in its statement, indicated that approximately 60 full-time workers will be impacted. The total number reported by the state is 54.
Dunkirk is located in western New York, along Lake Erie, south of Buffalo. The closest other Berry Plastics location is about 50 miles away in Erie, Pa., according to the company's website.