A hundred people are losing their jobs at a plastics packaging plant in North Carolina, according to paperwork filed with the state.
The move by Absolute Plastics LLC of Wilson, N.C., began Jan. 9, and the state received notification on Jan. 11, the North Carolina Department of Commerce indicated.
The layoffs are listed as permanent by Absolute Plastics, which is a subsidiary of rePlanet Holdings Inc.
That company, rePlanet Holdings, operates a large network of post-consumer recycling centers for California's container deposit program.
Absolute Plastics serves what the company calls three major markets, food processors, food service distribution and retail. Products include plates, clamshells, bowls and lids.
The company uses both PET and polypropylene and has another location in Visalia, Calif., that's called rePlanet Packaging, according to the firm's website. In 2015, the company created PET packaging with 70 percent post-consumer recycled content.
Absolute Plastics indicated it extrudes most of the roll stock that is then used to crate thermoformed packaging. This allows the firm "to recover and reuse virtually all of our web and part scrap, creating a near zero waste plastics operation," the website indicates.