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Cryovac closing Cedar Rapids plant, 250 jobs lost

CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) -- Cryovac told its 250 employees Tuesday it is closing it's Cedar Rapids plant. The plant makes products for food packaging.

Cryovac confirmed with KWWL that the closing will take about 6-10 months.  We first reported the company considered closing the plant on December 10th.

Company Media Relations spokesperson Dave McKenzie told KWWL Cryovac made the decision in order to make the overall business more productive.

The bulk of the jobs will be moved to Cryovac facilities in South Carolina and Arkansas. Some positions may also be moved to the site in Mexico.

Cryovac is owned by the Sealed Air Corporation in New Jersey.  Company spokesperson Ken Aurichio sent KWWL the following statement:

"As part of its global manufacturing strategy, Sealed Air Corporation has been working to develop manufacturing centers of excellence in order to drive improved productivity and efficiency. The Cedar Rapids' facility has been part of the company's global strategic review.

This week, Sealed Air announced intentions to close the Cedar Rapids facility and relocate the work to several existing company facilities across our Network of North American Plant locations. The transition will occur over the next six to ten months.

This was an extremely difficult decision for Sealed Air to make, understanding the impact to our employees and the Cedar Rapids community.

The Company considered a number of criteria - including operating costs, strategic location, proximity to other facilities and levels of technology - and it was determined we can best serve our global manufacturing strategy from other locations. "

Online Producer:  JJ Murray

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