Novolex Holdings Inc. is closing a film and flexible packaging plant in Ohio.
The Hartsville, S.C.-based company told state employment officials that 59 workers will lose their jobs at a facility in Coldwater that is part of its Shields division.
"The employment losses that will occur are expected to be permanent and the entire facility will close," the company said in the letter to the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services.
Novolex, then known as Hilex Poly Co., acquired the Coldwater location as part of a larger deal in 2013 for the North American Flexible Packaging division of Clondalkin Group Holdings Ltd.
The Coldwater site was then part of Accutech Plastics Inc., which Hilex Poly acquired along with Fortune Plastics Inc. and Direct Plastics Ltd.
Accutech also previously had a location in Elyria, Ohio, that closed just months after the acquisition in late 2013.
Layoffs are scheduled to begin Dec. 1 and extend to March 1, with the majority of the workers leaving by the end of this year. A total of 44 workers are listed as having a Dec. 1 end date, most of those workers are operators, but there are a variety of positions impacted. Nine more people are scheduled to be laid off Dec. 29. Another five layoffs are slated for Jan. 31 before the final position in human resources is cut March 1, according to a notice from the company to the state.
The impacted employees do not have bumping rights for other positions at other company locations, Novolex said.
A spokesman for Novolex could not be immediately reached for comment Oct. 9.
Shields makes film and flexible packaging, and the Coldwater plant's output includes pallet cover, sheeting, shrink film, commodity bags, barrier bags and film, rollstock and non-wicketed sideweld bags. Other products include mailer and courier bags, flat bags, gusseted bags and hooder films that go over pallets.
Processes at the site include printing, slitting, folding and rewinding, in-line bag making and roll bag conversion, according to a description of capabilities on the Novolex website.
Films made at the site include monolayer linear low density polyethylene as well as coextrusion in three and seven layers.
The Ohio site is one of six locations in the Shields division. Others are in Farmers Branch and Garland, Texas; Shawano, Wis.; Yakima, Wash.; and Orangeville, Ontario, according to the company's website.
Novolex is ranked at the 10th largest film and sheet maker in North America with sales of $1.175 billion in that category for 2022, according to the most recent Plastics News listing.