Packaging producer Sonoco Products Co. (Hartsville, S.C.) will permanently close a Yakima, Wash., thermoforming plant that uses recycled PET as feedstock, according to a notification the company filed with the state of Washington.
The closure, which will result in 133 layoffs, will go into effect Dec. 20.
Demand for the thermoformed plastic produce packaging the facility produced varies depending on factors including harvest yields and the business environment, Brian Risinger, a communications director at the company, told Plastics Recycling Update. He also noted that the company’s Exeter, Calif., thermoforming facility and others will increase production, and that Sonoco does not plan to use less rPET overall, PRU reports. Risinger told the publication it may even increase its rPET use due to demand for other applications.
Sonoco came into possession of the facility when it acquired Peninsula Packaging Co. for $230 million in 2017, according to a company release. Visit resource-recycling.com/plastics/2020/11/04/packaging-giant-closes-plant-that-consumes-rpet.