“The unforeseeable and continually evolving events of the COVID-19 pandemic have created a climate of uncertainty for our company,” says Fadil Bushati, HR director-Scholle IPN Packaging. “The long-term impact upon our operations is unknowable, and our business circumstances have been constantly changing. Regrettably, these changes are affecting our dedicated employees.”
Some of the staffing reductions are anticipated to be permanent although the entire facility is not being closed, Bushati adds.
Just in the past year, Scholle IPN in Chilhowie had expanded its production facility with a $10.29-million investment and more than 42 additional jobs. The plant expansion announced in March 2019 was expected to take about two years with new equipment being added over the next two years.
Scholle IPN is one of the world’s largest packaging manufacturers, providing sustainable packaging for the food and beverage, agriculture, automotive, cleaning, personal care and pharmaceutical sectors. Scholle has been a pioneer and world leader in bag-in-box packaging for the food, beverage and industrial markets manufacturing flexible packaging solutions such as bags for soft drink products in fountain dispensers at fast food restaurants, and many other products.