Dart cuts 31 jobs, reassigns 19 more, at Urbana plant
URBANA — Dart Container Corp. is cutting 31 positions at its Urbana production facility effective Friday, according to the Mason, Mich.-based company.
Dart is also reassigning 19 other employees within the plant, which Dart acquired when it bought Solo Cup in 2012.
The plant, which makes plastic cups, lids and containers, continues to employ more than 375 people, all of whom are full-time staff.
Dart officials blamed the layoffs on changing needs in the food-service business.
"As our customers' needs change for single-use food-service packaging, so too must Dart reflect the changes from a production standpoint," said James Lammers, executive vice president of administration and general counsel.
"Regrettably, business decisions sometimes involve reducing staff levels, although Dart Container has had very few in its 54-year history," he said.
Lammers said the company is making the job reductions "as professionally and sensitively as possible."
Those affected by the moves were notified this week and will receive severance payments, according to a statement from the company.
Dart has more than 14,000 employees in eight countries.