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