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Portola Packaging to close, lay off 76 people

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

BATAVIA – Portola Packaging will close its plant at 951 Douglas Road in Batavia in August when it expands its facilities in Kingsport, Tenn. and Tolleson, Ariz.

The closure will affect 76 employees. Portola’s plant has been operating in Batavia for 20 years.

Portola Packaging manufactures tamper-evident plastic closures, bottles, equipment for the beverage and food industries, plastic closures and containers for the cosmetics industry, according to its website.

The company will begin tapering off production in mid-April, and expects to close the plant no later than August, according to a news release from Portola Packaging.

“After extensive analysis and careful thought, we came to the conclusion that closing this facility and upgrading production at our other two plants was the best decision for our customers and company,” Portola president and CEO Kevin Kwilinski said in a news release.

He said the company will be helping those employees with services so they can find a new job. He said 15 corporate employees in the Batavia plant will join the rest of the corporate employees in a new, larger corporate facility in Naperville.

Portola Packaging is making a $12 million capital investment to its plants in Tennessee and Arizona.

The improvements are expected to be done later this year, the release stated.

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