Montgomery plastic bag plant prepares to close

Aug 5, 2019

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — One of the world's largest plastic packaging companies says it's closing one of its two Alabama plants.

WSFA-TV reports Berry Global says the plants, known as Plant 1 and Plant 2, are in Montgomery. Officials say the pending closure will affect Plant 2 and about 60 of its 235 employees will lose their jobs.

The Evansville, Indiana-based company is blaming the closure on declining sales of plastic food bags.

The final day of operations will be Sept. 27.

The company filed a federal WARN Act notification with the Alabama Department of Commerce on July 24. The act requires a 60-day notice before significant layoffs or plant closures.

Company spokeswoman Eva Schmitz says they will help affected employees identify new opportunities in Montgomery and at other Berry Global locations.