Internal documents posted in the New London factory have told employees that 70 to 110 workers will be laid off in the future to cut the cost of converting certain flexible-packaging products. The plant has about 500 employees.
"Several items currently produced in New London will be targeted for optimization and movement to lower-cost options throughout the network, which is anticipated to affect 70-110 employees in the facility," reads a memo dated June 4.
"The situation in New London was definitely not related to the Amcor-Bemis deal," says Mark Hein, an Amcor spokesman based in Buffalo Grove, IL. "It was the normal course of business for...Bemis, before the acquisition, to consistently review costs and make reallocations to reduce costs for customers and keep its quality high. They have discussed cost reductions with the union and employees over multiple quarters."