CHESAPEAKE, Va. - The Memphis-headquartered International Paper company announcedFriday it will close its Chesapeake box plant, which will eliminateabout 100 jobs.
International Paper recently acquired Weyerhaeusers packagingbusiness, leading to a surplus in box plants in the region,according to plant General Manager Andrea Jentzen. Jentzen said theacquisition coupled with the weak economy led to the plantclosure.
"Our plant is disadvantaged by the amount of capital it wouldneed in order to handle consolidated operations, and other areafacilities are better equipped," Jentzen said.
The United Steelworkers Union is expected to discuss employeeseverance and other benefits with the company. "As always the mostdifficult part of this closure is the effect on employees, theirfamilies and the Chesapeake community," Jentzen said. "We will workto assist them where possible during the closure process."
The plant is over 50-years-old and was bought by InternationalPaper in 2004. Each year it produces more than 500 million squarefeet of corrugated containers.
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