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Glenville biz park losing tenant, 70 jobs

Sealed Air Corp. pulls out, officials hopeful for new business

— More space is about to become vacant at the Glenville Business and Technology Park, as Sealed Air Corporation plans to close its local plant and lay off 70 workers.

After more than 20 years of local operations, Sealed Air Corp. filed paperwork with the Department of Labor on Thursday, Feb. 9, stating its intention to close its Scotia facility. Layoffs are proposed to begin between May 10 and May 20.

The plant produced protective packing including foam-packing products, according to a company representative. Some well-known brands owned by Sealed Air included Bubble Wrap, Cryovac food packaging and Diversey cleaning and hygiene products.

Ken Aurichio, spokesman for Sealed Air, said the closure is an initiative to improve efficiencies. The reason cited for closure in the filling was simply “economic.” The leased facility is around 300,000 square feet and consists of three different buildings.

Before settling on the closure, Sealed Air considered operating costs, plant location, proximity to other facilities and technological capabilities, Aurichio said. He declined to comment on how much money Sealed Air estimated to save through the closure, although the figure is known internally.

“This was an extremely difficult decision for Sealed Air to make, understanding the impact to our employees and the Scotia community,” Aurichio said in a statement. “It was determined we can best serve our global manufacturing strategy from other locations.”

Most of the orders fulfilled at the Glenville plant are planned to shift to Louisville, Ky., plant, said Aurichio, because there is “more modern equipment” and operations are planned to run 24 hours a day soon. He said some of the work could go to its facility in Holyoke, Mass.

Glenville employees will have an opportunity to apply jobs at the other two facilities, said Aurichio, and employees not retained will receive a severance package.

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