Company Layoffs to Begin in 2018
Dart Container Corp. announced that it will be permanently shutting its Augusta, Georgia plant and laying off 160 employees. The 70-year old plant will close by early 2019 because of lower demand for its paper cups.
The factory, which looks like a giant paper cup, will move production of the cups to Toronto, Canada. Dart will start laying off its staff in 2018 as it transfers production and equipment.
Jim Lammers, president of Dart, commented, “After several years of decreased sales of our Trophy product line, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to close our Augusta plant. This was a strategic but painful decision because we value the commitment and contributions of our Augusta employees, many of whom have been with us for decades.”
Margo Burrage, director of corporate communications, said employees might be eligible for severance under union contracts, and they will receive job-placement information.
Lily-Tulip Corporation built the Augusta plant in 1947. It was bought and sold by several food and beverage packaging manufacturers over the next few decades.
Dart acquired the Augusta plant when the company purchased Solo Cup Company for around $1.0 billion in 2010. Dart has continued to offer products under the Solo brand; this includes using the iconic red Solo cup.
Dart Container Corp. is headquartered in Mason, Michigan. The company manufactures cups, plates, containers, lids, and straws made from expanded polystyrene foam, solid polystyrene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate (PET), paper, and sugar cane.
Dart has other Georgia facilities in Lithonia, Thomaston, and Conyers. The company has more than 40 locations in six countries and about 15,000 employees worldwide.
“Dart Container, formerly Lily-Tulip, to close Augusta plant by 2019,” The Augusta Chronicle, November 29, 2017.
“Dart Container Closes on Acquisition of Solo Cup Company,” Dart Container Corp., May 4, 2012.
“About Us,” Dart Container Corp., last accessed December 1, 2017.