Berry plans layoffs at Augusta plant

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]

The loss of a product line will mean layoffs among employees of an Augusta manufacturing plant, officials with the company said Friday.

Employees were told Thursday of the impending cutback in staff, according to information from Berry Global.

“Today Berry informed employees at its Augusta, Kentucky, facility that due to the loss of a specific product line, it would be reducing its workforce,” a statement from the company indicated. “The reduction in force will take place during the coming months. The impacted employees hold various manufacturing and non-manufacturing positions.”

The Augusta facility employs approximately 330 individuals, and is part of Berry’s Health, Hygiene, and Specialties Division. The facility produces films, laminates, and adhesives for a variety of markets, according to the statement.

Berry made public its intention to buy Clopay for $475 million in November 2017. The transaction was completed in February 2018.

Although the company did not identify which product line was lost, prompting the cutbacks, it was a major supplier of diaper film to Proctor and Gamble.

Clopay first began production in Augusta in the late 1950s and at one time manufactured Hula Hoops during the height of the craze and also at one time made plastic foodwrap.

The statement released by Berry indicated it would work with those affected by the layoffs.

“The Company will work diligently with those impacted to secure a position within the local community or at another Berry facility,” according to the statement.

Mary Ann Kearns

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