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Amcor Rigid Plastics announced plans to close the company’s preform manufacturing facility located in Dayton, Ohio, USA. The plant, which manufactures plastic preforms for the beverage industry and other applications, will begin a gradual ramp-down and is scheduled to cease production by December 31, 2016.

The move is expected to strengthen Amcor’s 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 will strategically relocate preform operations, including equipment and other assets, from Dayton to other Amcor plant locations closer to its customers. This redeployment of assets will also result in transportation cost savings for many customers.

Amcor recently acquired the Dayton plant from former owner Eco-Groupe, Inc. in a deal that included intellectual property assets and three other smaller on-site preform production facilities in the U.S. Following the purchase, Amcor conducted a thorough strategic evaluation of the Dayton operation and the rest of its manufacturing assets in the U.S.

The plant employs 86 people, and the company intends to assist them through this transition with a variety of support programs and services. Amcor has identified job opportunities at other company locations and will work with Dayton co-workers on possible relocations.

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