O-I to close Canadian container plant

As a result of the ongoing review of its global manufacturing footprint, Owens-Illinois will close its glass container plant in Lavington, British Columbia, on 31 October 2008 the company said 22 Augu…

As a result of the ongoing review of its global manufacturing footprint, Owens-Illinois will close its glass container plant in Lavington, British Columbia, on 31 October 2008 the company said 22 August 2008. Existing production from the Lavington plant will be transferred to other O-I facilities. “This closing was driven by our ongoing global asset utilization process which identified the opportunity to shift our production to other O-I North American facilities, resulting in lower energy consumption and production costs while still meeting current and anticipated market needs”, said Scott Murchison, president, North America Glass Containers. Approximately 300 employees will be affected. The company will provide assistance to help employees find new jobs.