Avery Dennison Corporation, a producer of label materials, announced Oct. 14 it will be closing its plant here in Fort Wayne at 3011 Independence Drive, which employs about 170 people.
The company plans to consolidate its North America manufacturing footprint, including moving production from Fort Wayne to sites in Greenfield, Indiana, and Mentor, Ohio. The company will begin to close the plant gradually, eliminating jobs starting in 2021. The transfer is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2021.
Most of the jobs will be shifted to Greenfield, and the company will offer options to transfer as possible. Greenfield is about 100 miles from Fort Wayne.
“Our continued success in a competitive environment depends on our state-of-the-art manufacturing, a robust and efficient supply chain and continuous innovation. As an industry leader, we will continue to invest in leading technology to stay ahead of the market,” said Jeroen Diderich in a statement. He is vice president and general manager, Label and Graphic Materials North America.
“The decision to close the Fort Wayne facility came only after a strategic review of a number of options and in no way reflects the dedication or performance of our colleagues at the Fort Wayne facility,” Diderich said. “We will work closely with those affected to help make the transition as smooth as possible, including opportunities for transfer, as possible, as well as separation pay and other benefits,” he said.
The Fort Wayne site is one of 15 Avery Dennison sites in its network of manufacturing sites that serves the label and packaging materials industry.