More than 50 people will lose their jobs when a North Carolina plastics processor, which came under new ownership in recent years, closes early next year.
CPP Global, purchased by Westfall Technik Inc. in 2021, has informed state officials the company's facility in Mocksville, N.C., is slated to close effective April 30 resulting in 52 jobs being lost. That includes 51 permanent workers and one temporary employee.
CPP Global wrote a letter to the North Carolina Department of Commerce dated Nov. 30 announcing the decision and the state received notification Dec. 6.
It was less than three years ago that Westfall purchase injection molder Carolina Precision Plastics LLC, a move that included manufacturing plants in Mocksville and Asheboro, N.C., as well as Kaiping, China.
A letter to the North Carolina Department of Commerce indicates the workers are not part of a union. Most of the jobs being lost, 33, are machine operators. Other job losses include five process technicians, three maintenance technicians and two manufacturing engineers.
Word of the jobs losses in North Carolina comes just months after the company decided to close two facilities in Tempe, Ariz., a move that impacted 114 workers the company said at the time. The facilities were formerly called Integrity Mold Inc. and Micro Tech Southwest Inc. Westfall had acquired Micro Tech in 2019 and Integrity Mold in 2017.
Meanwhile, a local new report out of Kansas also indicates Silgan Holdings Inc. will be closing a site in Winfield, Kan., early next year.
The facility, part of the company's Silgan Dispensing Systems unit will lay off 169 employees between Jan. 27 and about March 1, the Crowley Post reported.
The local news story indicated Silgan characterized the move as a consolidation and some employees would receive offers to work at the company's Greenview, Mo., facility.
Silgan acquired the Winfield facility as part of its $1 billion acquisition of WestRock Co.'s specialty closures business in 2017. It was one of 13 plants in the deal in North America, Europe, South America and Asia making triggers, pumps, sprayers and dispensing closures for home, health and beauty products companies, Silgan said at the time.
The closure comes after Silgan warned this summer that changes were ahead after posting disappointing second quarter results.
"I would say that the actions that we're going to be taking are more permanent. We are rightsizing our capacities, our footprint, our business activities to the projections from our customers for the second half of the year," CEO Adam Greenlee said at the time.
Silgan's largest business is metal containers, but the company has a significant business in plastic containers, caps, closures and dispensers.