Consolidated Container closing Lakeland, Fla., bottle plant

By Dan Hockensmith | PLASTICS NEWS STAFF

ATLANTA (Aug. 24, 2:20 p.m. ET) — A Consolidated Container Co. LLC blow molding plant in Lakeland, Fla., will close at the end of the year with production of oil bottles shifting to an existing Consolidated plant in West Memphis, Ark.

A Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act notice filed May 4 with the Florida Agency for Workforce Innovation listed July 16 as the date the Florida plant would close. But Consolidated spokesman Matthew Patterson said Aug. 24 by telephone that that was only the initial plan.

“We had been planning to move some of the production to another location as part of a two-month shutdown, but that ended up being not feasible for the customer,” he said.

According to the WARN notice, the shutdown at the factory, which operates as Continental Plastics Containers, would affect 44 employees. Patterson said only about 14 of those remain on the job.

“We don’t have a definitive shutdown date, but that probably will happen in the next two months,” he said.

The plant formerly had capacity of making milk jugs as well as oil containers, but milk jug production ended earlier this year, Patterson said.

Consolidated ranked 4th among North American blow molders in Plastics News’ most recent industry ranking, with annual sales estimated at $935 million. The company employs 3,400 at 65 plants.

SOURCE: PLASTIC NEWS

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