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Amcor to shutter Pa. pharmaceutical packaging plant

Nearly 100 workers will lose their jobs when Amcor Ltd. closes a pharmaceutical packaging plant in Bethlehem...


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June 10, 2010 by Canadian Plastics

Nearly 100 workers will lose their jobs when Amcor Ltd. closes a pharmaceutical packaging plant in Bethlehem Township. Pa. at the end of November.

The Australia-based Amcor Ltd., which has U.S. headquarters in Ann Arbor, Mich., announced on June 9 that it would gradually close its Amcor Pharmaceutical Contract Packaging plant over the next five months. The facility manufacturers plastics, metal and glass packages for pharmaceutical products for the prescription, over-the-counter, generic and animal health markets.

The company blamed the shutdown on the tough economy.

“We looked for solutions to maintain this business but were not successful,” Kirby Losch, the company’s vice president of strategic development, said in a news release. “As we have always done when we close a plant, we will move forward with care and respect for all of our employees and provide transitional assistance to our customers.”

Amcor Ltd. reported US$14 billion in annual sales in 2009, and employs approximately 35,000 workers worldwide.