More than 175 people are losing their jobs through three separate Graham Packaging Co. plant closings.
The Lancaster, Pa.-based packaging company molder is shuttering sites in Michigan, Virginia and California.
Closure of a manufacturing site in Harrisonburg, Va., will throw 115 out of work and an "impact date" of Sept. 4, according to the Virginia Employment Commission.
Another 22 people will lose their jobs, also effective Sept. 4, when a Graham Packaging site permanently closes in Santa Ana, Calif., the state Employment Development Department reports.
In Holland, Mich., a total of 42 workers are being laid off, including 33 hourly and nine salaried workers. The layoffs in Michigan will start no earlier than Sept. 6, and the plant is expected to close Oct. 23.
Graham has 70 blow molding facilities in North America and more than $2 billion in annual sales in the region according to Plastics News data.
Efforts to reach Graham Packaging July 12 for comment were unsuccessful. However, the company did issue a statement to television station WHSV in Harrisonburg indicating move was "difficult" but "necessary to allow us to evolve to meet our customers changing needs."
The closure, the company said in a statement, was not a reflection on the workforce. Graham indicated the company is working with employees to find new jobs "both within Graham or in their community."