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Ball to close Ill. steel packaging manufacturing plant

Keywords: Tags  Ball, Elgin plant, steel packaging, steel cans, tinplate, aerosol cans, Thorsten Schier

NEW YORK — Ball Corp. will stop production at its Elgin, Ill., food and aerosol packaging manufacturing plant in December, laying off 245 workers.

"The plant’s customers will be supplied by other Ball facilities," the company said.

Elgin makes aerosol and specialty steel cans out of tinplate, and also supplies other Ball facilities with tinplate, a company spokesman told AMM in an e-mail.

"Closing Elgin reduces capacity and ... will enable us to maximize value in our existing business by supplying customers from a consolidated asset base," Michael Feldser, chief operating officer of the company’s global metal food and household products packaging business, said in a statement.

Broomfield, Colo.-based Ball will report an after-tax charge of about $21 million for the closure, it said.

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