Orbis Corp. is cutting a total of more than 70 jobs at two sites as the maker of reusable plastics packaging reorganizes operations in a handful of locations.
Orbis said the changes include shifting dunnage manufacturing capabilities from its Perrysburg, Ohio, facility in a move that will eliminate 70 jobs there.
The consolidation of a thin-gauge thermoforming operating in Dearborn, Mich., into other locations also will eliminate seven jobs, the company said.
The changes in Perrysburg are expected to be completed by mid-November, and changes in Dearborn are expected to be completed by mid-December. Employees at both sites are receiving severance and outplacement services, the company said.
The company also is combining a sales and design office in Madison Heights, Mich., with a newly acquired Auburn Hills, Mich., office to "create a larger, collaborative space for sales and design associates to meet with customers, present concepts and finalize packaging designs."
Exactly when that move will take place is still to be determined, the company said.
Orbis, a subsidiary of Menasha Corp. also plans to move its OrbiShield Innovation Center from Spartanburg, S.C., to a newly acquired facility in Piedmont, S.C. This center provides design, prototyping and packaging support services to automotive customers in the region.
Those working in Spartanburg will move to Piedmont, but the timing "has yet to be determined," the company said.
It was just May 1 that Orbis announced the acquisition of Hinkle Manufacturing of Perrysburg and its thermoforming plant in Dearborn. Orbis, at the time, said Hinkle had 125 employees at the two locations.
Some 15 employees will remain in Perrysburg to operate a design and collaboration center for customers, Orbis said.
It was only in March that Orbis talked about opening the new design and prototyping center in Spartanburg, describing it as a 7,700-square-foot facility that allowed the company to better collaborate with customers on projects.
It was shortly after that, in April, when the company acquire Response Packaging and its locations in Piedmont and Greenville, S.C., Auburn Hills, and León, Mexico.