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Cryovac employee says plant closure is wrong move

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CEDAR RAPIDS (KWWL) - Eric Wink is one of 250 Cryovac workers to get a pink slip.

"Yeah, it was in the back of our heads it was a possibility, but we also had hoped it wouldn't happen," said Wink. "I still have hope it will not happen."

Sealed Air Corporation, which owns Cryovac, said in a release Tuesday that the plant's closure will increase company productivity.

Wink disagrees, and says it will negatively impact Cryovac's customers, who use their food packaging products.

"Tyson, Hormels, Swift, X-cel, have been very good Cedar Rapids customers," Wink told us. "The product we make, people still need."

Wink, a member of the Teamster's Local 238, is ready to talk with the company about severance packages. But with a family to support, and co-workers still recovering from the June flood, he's hoping the shutdown can be avoided.

"This is not a good time for something like this to happen."

In a statement released Wednesday, Sealed Air called the decision a difficult one, understanding the impact to flood victims.

At least one Cryovac customer, Minneapolis-based Cargill, Inc., says the closure won't affect them. A company spokesperson told us in an email that Cargill will continue to purchase from Sealed Air, but from another location.

Online Reporter: Brady Smith

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