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Avery’s Chicopee Manufacturing Facility to Close


CHICOPEE, Mass. (WGGB) — Avery’s manufacturing facility in Chicopee will close by the middle of next year.

CCL Industries has announced that it plans to permanently close its Avery North American supply chain operations on Better Way in Chicopee, as well as at a facility in Holliston, Mass.

The shutdown, according to the company, will begin on February 1, 2014 and be complete by the end of next year.

In a memo sent to employees obtained by ABC40, Jim Sellors, President of Avery North America, says that the Chicopee site is slated to be closed by June 2014.

“It is with great regret that we have to announce this news but it is very clear that our Avery business had been operating with significant excess capacity and infrastructure for some time prior to the change in ownership. Operations will eventually be consolidated into existing Avery supply chain facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico,” explains CCL Industries President and CEO Geoffrey Martin in a statement.

Martin adds that 250 people will be impacted by the announcement. The memo from Sellors notes that layoffs will occur in stages and begin in January, with the final layoffs happening in Holliston sometime in the third quarter.

Chicopee Mayor Michael Bissonnette tells abc40 he’s been in contact with state officials to help those who are losing their jobs.

Bissonnette also tells abc40 he is talking with a german window manufacturing company that is coming to Chicopee to see if they might have jobs for some of the Avery workforce.

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