Sonoco Products Co. is closing a California thermoforming plant the company acquired last year.
The move to permanently shutter the Hollister, Calif., location will cost 156 employees their jobs, according to the Employment Development Department of California.
Hartsville, S.C.-based Sonoco filed Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act paperwork with the state indicating the effective date of the closure will be Nov. 5.
The notice was dated Sept. 4, and companies with more than 100 workers must give their employees at least 60 calendar days of notice of any closure or significant layoff, according to federal law.
The Hollister site was acquired by Sonoco in 2017 as part of that company's $230 million acquisition of Peninsula Packaging.
Other locations in that deal included Exeter, Calif., Wilson, N.C., Yakima, Wash., and Guadalajara, Mexico, Sonoco said at the time.
The Hollister plant is located about 163 miles from the Exeter site.
Sonoco sees thermoformed plastic packaging as a growth market for the company as more fresh food is being purchased in the perimeter of grocery stores. Peninsula Packaging, at the time of the Sonoco acquisition, made hinged containers, bases, lids and domes.
Sonoco purchased Peninsula from private equity firm Odyssey Investment Partners LLC. Peninsula had proforma sales of about $190 million in 2016.