Ball Metalpack to close steel packaging plant in Arkansas, US

Ball Metalpack will close its Springdale, Arkansas plant in the second quarter of 2020. According to a report by Arkansas Democrat Gazette, the plant closure will leave 76 full-time workers without jobs.

In a statement, Ball Metalpack’s CEO Jim Peterson said the plant will continue to make steel packaging for aerosol and food products as it phases out work. Production of the Springdale plant will be moved to six of the firm’s eight plants in the US. The Broomfield, Colorado-based company employs around 1,300 workers across its operations.

The Springdale plant started operations under other ownership in 1949. It became a Ball Corporation plant in 1993. In June 2018, Ball Corporation and Platinum Equity formed Ball Metalpack, a packaging firm that makes steel containers for aerosols, food, household goods, pet food and other products. Ball contributed its US-based steel food and aerosol packaging components as part of the deal, including its Springdale plant.

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