Amcor shuttering Ohio PET preform plant
Packaging supplier Amcor Rigid Plastics has announced plans to close its PET preform manufacturing facility in Dayton, Ohio.
In a statement, Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Amcor Rigid Plastics – which is a subsidiary of Sydney, Australia-based Amcor Ltd. – said it begin a gradual ramp-down in Dayton and is scheduled to shut down production by December 31, 2016.
Amcor said this move was a strategic decision that would “strengthen its supply capability and deliver improved logistics for its U.S. customer base.”
“We don’t take this decision lightly but after careful review it is clear that this move will improve our level of service to existing customers and ensure future growth options,” said Larry Weber, vice president and general manager of Amcor’s beverage business unit.
Amcor is moving its preform operations, including equipment and other assets, from Dayton to other Amcor plant locations closer to its customers, the company said in its statement – a redeployment of assets that will also result in transportation cost savings.
Amcor Rigid Plastics is said to be one of the world’s largest makers of rigid plastic packaging for the food, beverage, spirits, personal care, home care and healthcare industries. The company operates 62 facilities in 12 countries.