Graham Closes Bottle Plant


Graham Packaging Co. plans to close its Levittown, Pa., plant, which manufactures HDPE containers for motor oils, on July 20. The company will lay off 45 employees as a result of the closing.

The decision to close was based on the fact the customers served by that plant had changed their filling locations, Graham spokesman Don Sarvey told Lube Report. So other plants in the Graham network more easily service their needs. For competitive reasons, Sarvey said, the company doesnt disclose what customers were serviced at Levittown, or which other plants will service those customers needs in the future.

Sarvey said the company notified workers at the plant on May 19. The 45 workers include 36 hourly employees and nine salaried employees, he added.

The plant has been part of York, Pa.-based Graham Packaging since 1991, Sarvey noted, but has existed since 1963. It was originally part of RC Can Co., and later Boise Cascade.

Graham Packaging, which has produced plastic containers for motor oil since the conversion to plastic began more than 20 years ago, claims to be the leading supplier of one-quart/one-liter motor oil containers in the United States, Canada and Brazil.

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