Richmond plant closure to hit 330 workers-WEB ONLY

Cinram Inc., a Toronto-based manufacturer and packager of CDs and CD-ROMs, plans to close its Indiana plant, costing 330 workers their jobs, according to the Richmond Palladium-Item.

Company officials told workers and Richmond city officials that the plant would close this summer in phases, with the first phase on June 16, the second on June 30 and the final on Aug. 28, the newspaper said.

About half of Cinram’s 259 production workers are members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. Seven management employees will continue to work for the company elsewhere.

The Economic Development Corporation of Wayne County issued a statement about the closure Friday. “The EDC is sorry that Cinram did not provide EDC with an opportunity to offer job retention assistance to this plant,” the statement said. “The loss of 330 jobs will have repercussions throughout the Richmond community, and we are particularly concerned for the well-being of the families that will be affected by this company’s decision.”

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