“We made the decision to close the facility based on the capabilities of the plant and its supply chain infrastructure. It didn’t fit into our portfolio anymore,” says Sue Appleyard, senior mgr.-corporate communications in the company’s Atlanta office. “We have acquired other facilities recently that have state-of-the-art capabilities.”
The 228 affected employees in Menasha included hourly, salaried, union and nonunion workers. Employees were encouraged to apply for jobs in the company’s only other Wisconsin plant in Wausau. “They can also apply anywhere in the Graphic Packaging system,” Appleyard says.
The company has seven paper mills and about 50 converting plants.