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Ball Corporation is planning to close its flat sheet production and can end-making plant in Weirton, West Virginia, US.

The Weirton plant employs nearly 300 people, and produces lithography and coating for flat sheet tinplate, as well as can ends.

The closure is in line with the company’s strategy to maximise value in existing business by redistributing production services within its system.

The operations at the plant will be ceased by the first quarter of next year, following which, the plant’s capacity will be supplied by other Ball facilities.

Ball Corporation global food and household products packaging chief operating officer Jim Peterson said: "While closing a plant is always difficult, this decision will allow us to remain competitive in a changing market and to continue delivering first-class products to our customers."

"This decision will allow us to remain competitive in a changing market and to continue delivering first-class products to our customers."

Ball expects to record nearly $21m in total after-tax charge, primarily for employee severance and benefits, facility shut down costs, and asset impairment and disposal costs.

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Last year, the company announced plans to shut down its beverage packaging end-making plant in Bristol, Virginia.

The Bristol plant employs close to 230 people and produces beverage can ends in a variety of sizes.

Ball Corporation supplies sustainable packaging solutions for beverage, food and household products customers, as well as aerospace and other technologies and services primarily for the US Government.

The company, along with its subsidiaries, employs 15,000 people worldwide.

Image: Ball’s Weirton plant produces can ends. Photo: courtesy of Salvatore Vuono via freedigitalphotos.net.