Fabri-Kal closing Aloterra packaging facility, to expand in Idaho

Aloterra, now 90 percent owned by Fabri-Kal, is closing its Middle Road plant on or about Oct. 6.  Aloterra partially sold this facility to Fabri-Kal in 2017.

ASHTABULA TOWNSHIP — There’s new information regarding the closing of the Aloterra Packaging facility at 3325 Middle Road.

Although the company is named “Aloterra Packaging,” and the sign out front reads, “Aloterra,” Aloterra partially sold this facility to Fabri-Kal in 2017, according to an email sent Saturday to the Star Beacon from Aloterra’s Chief Executive Officer Jon Griswold.

“Prior to 2017, it was 100 percent owned by Aloterra, LLC. After 2017, Fabri-Kal owned a portion with an agreement that the ownership increases over time until they become the majority,” he said. “As of today, Fabri-Kal owns over 90 percent of Aloterra Packaging.”

The company will permanently layoff 39 full-time employees on or about Oct. 6, according to a letter recently mailed to all of its employees from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Aloterra’s facility in Ashtabula employs less than 50 employees and there’s no union, according to the letter.

Employees affected by the closing include drivers, operators, managers, maintenance workers, shipping and receiving employees and mechanics.

“Despite Fabri-Kal’s decision, Aloterra has enormous potential. Aloterra Farms operates 4,500 acres of Miscanthus in the region,” Griswold said.

“Aloterra Biobased Products manufactures absorbents in Andover. The Aloterra entities will continue to develop sustainable products, believes in the potential of the Miscanthus crop, and believes in producing sustainable products out of locally grown crops.”

The parent company, Aloterra will be looking for a place for a new facility, he said. 

For more information, go to www.aloterrallc.com.

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