REIDSVILLE, N.C. — The Ball Corporation beverage packaging plant in Reidsville will close in mid-2017, according to a news release from the company.
The Reidsville plant opened in 1978 and was acquired by Ball in 1998 as part of the acquisition of Reynolds Metals Company.
It produces beverage cans in a variety of sizes, and employs approximately 150 people.
Elwood Ellington has worked at Ball Corporation for 14 years.
“We were led to believe that we were in pretty good shape,” Ellington said. “We were still having some troubled times, but we thought we were going to be OK. To hear this news, it was very devastating.”
Reidsville employees may be provided benefits and outplacement services in accordance with the bargaining process and are eligible to apply for job openings within Ball.
“This action will better align our manufacturing footprint to meet the changing needs of our customers and the market, as we actively manage our overall plant system after the addition of seven North American Rexam plants upon close of the acquisition earlier this year,” said Daniel W. Fisher, senior vice president, Ball Corporation, and COO, global beverage packaging, in the release. “While closing a plant is always difficult, balancing our supply with demand in the highly competitive beverage packaging industry will better position the company for the long-term.”
Vernon Gammon is a local union representative. He is trying to save the 150 jobs.
“I’m asking all local, state and fellow elected officials, let’s step up to the plate,” Gammon said.
The City of Reidsville and Rockingham County economic development teams say they are working to put a plan in place to help the people who will lose their job. They say new businesses, like a Love’s Travel Center and NTE power plant, are bringing opportunities to the area.