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Berry Plastics closing Covington plant

COVINGTON -- Berry Plastics is closing its Covington manufacturing facility on Jan. 3.

The company will work with its 61 employees to help them find employment at other Berry plants or within the local labor market, according to a company statement.

The Covington facility opened in 2007. Located on Industrial Drive, it is part of the company's Specialty Films Division and produces highly specialized plastic film and sheeting for a variety of markets.

"Due to excess capacity within the Specialty Films Division and uncertain economic environment, an in-depth review of our business determined this step is necessary," said Dave Corey, president of the Specialty Films Division. "This action allows the company to utilize available capacity at other Berry facilities to best streamline its operations and most efficiently serve its customers."

Production will be transferred to facilities in Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Belleville, Ontario.

Berry Plastics is a manufacturer and marketer of plastic packaging products, including open top and closed top packaging, polyethylene and PVC based plastic films, industrial tapes, medical specialties, packaging, heat-shrinkable coatings, specialty laminates and FIBCs. According to a press release, the company's 13,000-plus customers range from large multinational corporations to small local businesses. Based in Evansville, Ind., the company has 78 manufacturing facilities worldwide and over 16,000 employees.

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dennistay53 2 years, 5 months ago

More jobs lost in Newton County. Wonder how many if any Newton County taxpayer dollars were put into this venture when it came here? Wonder if any effort was put in by the Chamber of commerce and Newton County Commission to try and keep these jobs? Wonder why they chose to shut down the Newton County Ga facility instead of the ones in other states? Newton County needs to add jobs and not lose jobs. We can't survive as a bedroom community.

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