Ardagh Group is planning to permanently close its glass container production facility in Milford, Massachusetts, US.

The company attributed the decision to the decreasing demand in the mass beer market in the US.

The facility employs around 250 people and is expected to be closed on or after 31 March this year.

“This will entail the conversion of some mass beer capacity to serve these alternative end markets.”

Following the closure, the company will serve the affected customers from its other Glass North America facilities.

The plant closure comes after Ardagh conducted a review of Glass North America last October.

In a statement, Ardagh Group stated: “Although capacity dedicated to the mass beer market will be reduced, the group continues to pursue growth opportunities in stronger performing end markets, including wine, spirits and food.

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“This will entail the conversion of some mass beer capacity to serve these alternative end markets.”

The company also intends to make targeted investments in its Glass North America network, including inspection equipment in order to enhance its competitive position and enable differentiation through a focus on innovation, quality and service.

Ardagh is engaged in metal and glass packaging solutions, producing packaging for food, beverage and consumer brands.

Operating 109 facilities in 22 countries, the firm employs around 23,500 people and has registered global sales of €7.7bn.