TC Transcontinental Inc. is closing a Wisconsin flexible plastics packaging plant and transferring production to other facilities in the United States.
The company is talking about improving efficiencies and cutting costs in the move that will eliminate 89 jobs.
Work at the company's Tomah, Wis., facility is expected to be phased out by early February, the company said.
"In line with our priority of optimizing the return on our assets, reducing costs and improving operational efficiency, we have made the decision, after thorough consideration, to close our Tomah, Wis., plant. Servicing our customers in the most competitive manner is something we are constantly evaluating and taking action on," said Jeff Lasley, a senior vice president with the company's TC Transcontinental Packaging division, in a statement.
The facility is described by a company spokeswoman as a "flexible plastic packaging plant that prints, laminates and converts flexible films."
Operations, the company said, will be gradually moved to other TC Transcontinental Packaging plants in Battle Creek, Mich.; Clinton, Mo.; Elgin, Ill.; Lenexa, Kan.; and Spartanburg, S.C., the company said.
"We regret the impact of this decision on our employees who have been a strong team of contributors since the acquisition of the plant by TC Transcontinental in 2018. We thank our 89 employees and will ensure they receive the respect they deserve, including support in their career transition," Lasley said in the statement.
Along with being a major flexible packaging maker, TC Transcontinental is Canada's largest printer and operates a Canadian French language educational publishing business.
News of the plant closure comes just months after Montreal-based TC Transcontinental unveiled plans to spend about US$60 million (C$80 million) to expand operations in Spartanburg, a project that includes a new film line and an additional 120,000 square feet.
TC Transcontinental Packaging, based in Chicago, operates a network of more than two dozen manufacturing facilities in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. Offerings include extrusion, lamination printing, converting and recycling. The company is No. 24 in Plastics News' ranking of top North American film and sheet manufacturers.