Owens-Illinois: efforts to save glass plant so far unsuccessful

Despite a number of collaborative efforts with other county officials, the Clarion County (Pennsylvania) Commissioners said on 16 February 2010 that the local Owens-Illinois (O-I) glass plant is still…

Despite a number of collaborative efforts with other county officials, the Clarion County (Pennsylvania) Commissioners said on 16 February 2010 that the local Owens-Illinois (O-I) glass plant is still scheduled to close in July. O-I executives informed local workers about the shutdown at the end of January. A meeting was held between local officials and O-I leaders 12 February, which was attended by O-I corporate leaders on site and via conference call, elected officials, legislative aides, as well as labour union officials and representatives from various local organizations. During the meeting, O-I officials said that the primary reason for closing the Clarion plant is over-capacity in North American operations, as well as the age of its manufacturing facility and the high costs of renovations in order to raise production to company standards. According to information released from the meeting, O-I plants in Michigan and California are also involved in reduced or shutdown operations, with work moving to factories in Auburn and Toano, while there was nothing said with regards to the potential sale of the Clarion Borough property. The commissioners said that some of the plant“s equipment, including a proprietary heating system, would probably be moved to other O-I facilities.