Plastics company nears reopening of central Indiana plant

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Officials expect a plastic packaging manufacturer to start production this summer at a former central Indiana auto-parts factory that closed six years ago.

Renovation work is wrapping up at the former Oxford Automotive plant in Greencastle. Crews plan to move a railroad spur in the next month so that Phoenix Closures can off-load plastic pellets from rail cars.

Greencastle/Putnam County Development Center Director Bill Dory told the Banner Graphic that Phoenix plans to have most of the work done by early July and start production soon afterward.

The Naperville, Ill.-based company announced last year it would make food packaging at the factory and possibly hire 90 workers in the city about 30 miles west of Indianapolis. About 330 people worked at the 225,000-square-foot factory when Oxford closed it in 2005.

This will be Phoenix Closures' first Indiana facility. It has plants in Iowa and Tennessee and a distribution center in California.

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