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Hubbard leaders concerned over loss of can manufacturer

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HUBBARD, Ohio -

The new owner of a long-time Hubbard manufacturing plant has informed workers that it intends to shut down operations at the end of the year, according to union officials.

In March, BWAY Corporation of Atlanta purchased Ball Corporation's paint and can plant in Hubbard.

According to United Steelworkers Union Representative Jose Arroyo, BWAY only bought the plant's assets and not the union contract.

Arroyo says the union learned on Tuesday about the new owner's intentions to close the plant as USW reps sat down with the company in hopes of hammering out a new labor agreement.

City leaders tell 21 News the company has been one of the city's largest employers.

"Anytime jobs leave that also means that families will also consider leaving, we don't want to have homes vacant. We don't want to see people have hardships financially," said Councilwoman and Chairperson of the Economic Development & Growth Committee Lisha Pompili.

City leaders say the company is also Hubbard's largest electric customer. It is not yet known what kind of impact the closing could have on that portion of the city's income.

The union hopes it can still find a way to keep the plant open when contract negotiations continue next month, says Arroyo.

Reached at their corporate offices in Atlanta, a BWAY  spokesperson had no comment on plans for the Hubbard plant..

When BWAY purchased the Myron Street plant, it was announced that approximately 70 people were employed there.

Arroyo says 56 of the workers are members of the United Steelworkers Union.

The plant produces household products and specialty metal containers.

Ball acquired the Hubbard plant in 2006 as part of the company's acquisition of U.S. Can Corporation.

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