WestRock Closing Factory in New York and Laying Off Workers
Virginia-based paper packaging company WestRock Co has announced that it is closing its manufacturing plant in Wheatley Heights, New York. This will result in 152 workers losing their jobs.
WestRock, which is one of the largest paper packaging companies in the world, has filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) document with the state government.
The company is consolidating its business in the region by moving work to its facility in Deer Park.
WestRock’s Chief Communications Officer, Donna Owens Cox, said that the employees laid off at Wheatley Heights may apply for work at the Deer Park plant, where WestRock currently employs 110 employees.
The company has more than 45,000 employees worldwide.
Acquisitions by WestRock Led to Job Cuts?
The Wheatley Heights facility was only acquired by WestRock earlier this year, when it purchased the assets from two corrugated packaging companies, Island Container Corp and Combined Container Industries LLC. The Wheatley Heights plant, which carried out corrugated converting operations, was part of the assets acquired by the company.
WestRock has been on a shopping spree since the beginning of this year. The company has made several acquisitions in the past months, following which the company decided to consolidate the segregated operations.
Last month, the corrugated paper and cardboard packaging company acquired Multi Packaging Solutions International Limited. In the same month, WestRock completed its acquisition of U.S. Corrugated Holdings, Inc.
Overall, WestRock has been strengthening its position in the industry as a leading manufacturer of packaging solutions.
WestRock is a publicly traded company that was formed from the merger of MeadWestvaco Corporation and RockTenn in May 2015. The company has more than 240 manufacturing facilities across the world, with operations spanning nearly 30 countries.
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