Local paperboard plant with 161 workers to close in March

AGI-Shorewood Group plans to close its litho-paperboard plant in Indianapolis, putting 161 employees out of work by the end of March, the company announced Thursday.

“The decision to close the plant was largely driven by the need to manage excess capacity across the ASG Americas platform,” Stamford, Conn.-based ASG said in a prepared statement.

The plant, located at 620 S. Belmont Ave., southwest of downtown, has been making paperboard packaging since the early 1970s. It was known as Shorewood Packaging until 2011, when it merged with AGI World.

“Indianapolis is one of five ASG litho paperboard plants in the Americas, and to stay competitive, ASG is taking the steps necessary to most efficiently fulfill customer demand across our platform,” ASG Americas CEO Mark Caines said in the statement. “This difficult decision is not a reflection of the hard work and commitment of our Indianapolis team members. We understand this impacts many Indianapolis team members and their families, and we will do all we can to support them during this transition.”

Employment has been on the downward trend at the plant over the last several years. Shorewood had 340 workers at the facility in 2007 when it installed modern Heidelberg Speedmaster presses as part of a plant upgrade.

AGI-Shorewood employs nearly 3,000 people worldwide at 18 plants in North America, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and eight service centers in the United States, United Kingdom, France, China and Australia.

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