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Owens-Illinois: no future for Hayward, California glass plant

Owens-Illinois Inc. announced 19 August 2003 that the company will not rebuild its glass container manufacturing plant in Hayward, California.
The 36,600 square meter Hayward facility has been out of…

Owens-Illinois Inc. announced 19 August 2003 that the company will not rebuild its glass container manufacturing plant in Hayward, California. The 36,600 square meter Hayward facility has been out of service since June 2003 when it suffered a major leak in its only glass furnace. The plant will officially close on 17 November 2003. On 19 August 2003 company officials met employees and labor union officials at the plant to inform them of the decision. Approximately 170 employees will be affected. Hourly employees at the plant are represented by the Glass, Molders, Pottery, Plastics & Allied Workers International Union and the United Steelworkers of America Flint/Glass Industry Conference. Robert Smith, vice president and general manager of the company“s glass container operations, said, “This has been a very difficult decision. The people at the Hayward plant have worked hard and have done a good job. However we“ve determined we can provide continued good service to our customers and increase investor value by consolidating operations.” Glass container production from the Hayward plant will be transferred to the Oakland and Tracy, California plants and to other company facilities. The company has said it will co-operate with unions to help place employees in positions at other Owens-Illinois facilities and with government agencies to help employees obtain unemployment benefits and search for new jobs. After the closing of the plant, Owens-Illinois will have 24 glass container manufacturing plants in North America, 18 of which are in the U.S. The Hayward facility opened in 1949 and was acquired by Owens-Brockway, a subsidiary of Owens-Illinois, in 1997. The plant produced glass containers mainly for the wine industry. Owens-Illinois is the largest manufacturer of glass containers in North America, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and one of the largest in Europe. O-I also is a worldwide manufacturer of plastics packaging with operations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

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