According to documents filed with the New York State Department of Labor, the plant employed 225 people as of June 2009, when layoffs began. Of the 119 remaining employees in Farmingdale, 10 will continue to work for Printpack elsewhere, and 109 will be laid off, according to the state filings.
Glen Emory, director of business development for Printpack, reports that “a significant number of associates” are being transferred to other company operations. “This was a difficult decision to make,” he says. “We have a history of focusing on our people, and we continue to do so. We recognize that this is a difficult time to make this change.”
The decision to phase out the New York plant, Emory notes, “is part of an ongoing strategic review across all of our business units. We investigated what was possible in those facilities. As part of our growth strategy, we are looking to scale back out of Farmingdale, and bring that volume into two other plants of ours.”
Emory says that Printpack is weathering the recession. “Every company’s business is operating differently than it was three or four years ago. We are fortunate that we have a breadth of product to offer to soften the blow in some areas. Overall we are holding our own in the marketplace.”
Founded in 1956, Printpack has annual sales of $1.3 billion and employs 4,400 people in 25 plants in the US, Mexico and England.