Plastics Feeling The Pinch At Myers

Myers Industries will be closing three manufacturing facilities and streamlining much of its production, the company announced today.

Only one of the three facilities closing is located in the United States. The U.S. facility is located in Sparks, Nev., and it produces nursery containers and other horticultural products. It is expected to close by March. The other two facilities are located in Canada–one in Surrey, British Columbia; the other in Brantford, Ontario–and they’re also expected to close in 2009.

The three closures combined are expected to result in a loss of about 200 jobs, and production will now be distributed among five remaining manufacturing locations.

John C. Orr, president and CEO of Myers Industries offered these thoughts in a news release: “After a thorough review, it was determined that this realignment will strengthen the competitive position of our lawn and garden brands by consolidating to strategic locations where we can fully utilize our high-speed molding capacity, reduce operating costs and achieve greater customer service efficiency.

“The decision to close any facility is extremely difficult, and we are mindful of the impact on employees, their families and the communities in which we operate. Unfortunately, due to the weakened economy and changes in the lawn and garden market, these tough actions are necessary.”

For more information on Myers Industries, visit www.myersind.com.

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4 comments on “Plastics Feeling The Pinch At Myers

  1. Anonymous

    I think the closure of the Sparks plants affects sustainability – nursery containers will have to be shipped from Ohio all the way to the west coast.

  2. Anonymous

    I think the closure of the Sparks plants affects sustainability – nursery containers will have to be shipped from Ohio all the way to the west coast.