August 16, 2016
By John Quinn, LaborPress News Network
Trenton, NJ – Graham Packaging Co. is closing a New Jersey facility affecting almost 100 workers. Employees are members of Workers United Local 1598, an affiliate of SEIU.
News of the New Jersey closing follows a company decision to shutter its Baltimore plastic container plant earlier this year.
According to a statement by the union, many of the workers have been with the company for a long time. In fact some employees have been employed there 20, 25, 30 years or more. Its hoped that some of the workers at the Belvidere site could end up at other company locations. Employees unable to find work at other company sites will receive severance packages negotiated by the union.
The closing is a result of declining sales according to the company. The facility makes plastic bottles for the personal care market. Reynolds Group Holdings Ltd. of Auckland, New Zealand, acquired Graham Packaging in 2011. Reynolds is part of Rank Group Ltd., a private investment firm. A company statement noted that layoffs will begin September 26th.