Ceramic Industry

Anchor Glass Closes Connellsville Glass Container Plant

November 17, 2004
Anchor Glass Container Corp. recently announced that, at its meeting on November 4, the board of directors decided to close the company's Connellsville, Pa., facility. The 624,000-square-foot facility, with two furnaces and four machines, primarily produced beverage and beer glass containers. Production was terminated effective as of the close of business on November 4. The company expects to complete plant closure activities at Connellsville within 12 months. The board made this decision taking into consideration the excess supply conditions currently prevailing in the glass container industry and the company's analysis of the economics of each Anchor Glass facility. Anchor will work closely with Connellsville customers and suppliers to achieve smooth transitions. Approximately 300 employees will be affected and will receive pay in lieu of notice and severance, including benefits continuation. Anchor Glass management has met with union representatives and will work with the respective unions and employees to provide support to Connellsville workers.

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