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Ball Corporation to close

Ball Corporation is closing its Gainesville plant by the end of this year and leaving 125 employees without work. The metal beverage packaging plant says the demand for standard 12-ounce cans has gone down, and Ball Corporation Spokesman Scott McCarty says that's the only kind of cans the Gainesville plant is equipped to make.

http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/mccarty2Aug16.mp3

Along with the Gainesville plant, 110 employees in Columbus, Ohio will see their plant shut down as well.

http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/mccarty3Aug16.mp3

Ball Corporation says both plants will be closing by the end of this year, but McCarty says the customer will ultimately decide the plant's exact closing date.

http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/mccarty1Aug16.mp3

McCarty says the company is encouraging the employees in Gainesville and Columbus to reapply with the company in different locations.

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