Ball Corporation announced today that it will cease production at the company's Bristol, Va., beverage packaging end-making plant during the second quarter of 2016. The plant's capacity will be supplied by other Ball facilities.
Ball expects to record a total after-tax charge of approximately $19 million, primarily for employee severance and benefits, facility shut down costs and other actions. The majority of the charge is expected to be recorded in the third quarter of 2015.
"This action will better align our manufacturing footprint to meet the needs of our customers as we actively manage our overall cost structure," said Daniel W. Fisher, president, North American metal beverage packaging. "Closing a plant is a difficult decision. We compete against plastic, glass and metal packaging in a highly competitive market, and we will continue to maximize value in our existing operations through optimizing our network, as well as expanding into new and growing products, capabilities and markets to meet the needs of our customers."
The Bristol plant opened in 1971 and is one of Ball's oldest North American beverage packaging plants. It produces beverage can ends in a variety of sizes, and employs approximately 230 people. Bristol employees will be provided benefits in accordance with the effects bargaining process, and will be able to apply for open positions within Ball.
About Ball Corporation
Ball Corporation supplies innovative, sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the U.S. government. Ball Corporation and its subsidiaries employ 14,500 people worldwide and reported 2014 sales of $8.6 billion. For more information, visit www.ball.com, or connect with us on Facebook or Twitter.
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