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Ball Corporation to close

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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.

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

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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.

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

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