Ardagh Glass (formerly Anchor Hocking) to close 150-year-old Salem City plant, 290 will lose jobs

By Bill Gallo Jr. | South Jersey Times

Anchor Glass got a name change in 2012 after the sale to Ardagh.

Anchor Glass got a name change in 2012 after the sale to Ardagh.

(Salem) Ardagh Glass, the manufacturer of a wide variety of bottles and employer of thousands over its 150-year history, will close this fall, company officials confirmed Wednesday night.

The closure will mean the loss of 290 jobs and the end of glassmaking in Salem City.

Operations will cease on Oct. 15, the company said in statement from Ardagh’s corporate offices.

Officials blamed “the loss of significant business at the facility” for the decision to close, but they declined to say what business had been lost.

“While this is certainly a difficult day for the Salem facility and its employees, the company remains firmly committed to ensuring the long-term competitiveness of its glass container business,” said John Riordan, president and CEO of Ardagh Group, Glass – North America in a statement released Wednesday night.

“Our company will continue to focus on making the changes required to ensure our lasting success, as we continuously enhance our ability to meet our customers’ demand for high-quality, cost-competitive glass packaging.”

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