The Journal Gazette
Thursday, December 03, 2015 2:58 am

Ligonier plant to lay off 69

Sherry Slater | The Journal Gazette

A Noble County plastics maker is eliminating 69 jobs as it restructures manufacturing operations, according to a filing with the state.

Silgan Plastics Corp. started cutting and moving operations in its Ligonier plant Monday, according to a WARN notice. The changes are scheduled to be completed by Sept. 8.

The Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act requires companies planning mass firings or layoffs to notify state and local officials at least 60 days before the effective date.

Silgan employed about 400 in its plant at 910 Gerber St., the last that Ligonier Mayor Patty Fisel knew.

The company will continue operations there after some production is moved or reduced. It’s unclear from the filing exactly which operations are affected.

The company could not be reached for comment. Union officials, who represent some of the workers, also could not be reached Tuesday.

Fisel is optimistic that the displaced workers will find other jobs in the community.

"We’ve got more jobs than we’ve got people to fill them," she said, citing Tenneco, Guardian Automotive and Millennium Industries as companies that are hiring.

Silgan makes containers for food and drinks and personal care products. Goods that are sold in the plastic bottles and tubs include sports drinks, shampoo, toothpaste and motor oil.

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