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.[audio: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.[audio: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.[audio: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.