Crown Cork will close plant in E. Baltimore 60 jobs to be lost

duplication cited

September 02, 1992|By Ross Hetrick | Ross Hetrick,Staff Writer

Crown Cork & Seal Co. Inc. has told workers it will close its East Baltimore metal coating plant on Oct. 30, eliminating about 60 jobs.

The Philadelphia-based company, one of the world's largest makers of aluminum and steel cans, is shutting the plant on Duncanwood Lane because it duplicates operations at other Crown Cork plants.

"There is just too much capacity," said William T. Gallagher, an attorney for the company.

He said the closing will not affect other Crown Cork operations in Maryland -- a machine manufacturing operation on Newkirk Street in Baltimore, an aluminum can plant on Citation Road and a tin can operation in Salisbury.

Workers at the East Baltimore plant, who are represented by Local 4340 of the United Steelworkers of America, were notified of the planned shutdown last week as required by federal law.

The operation at Duncanwood Lane coats pieces of tin-plated steel with enamel. The coated steel is shipped to plants that make it into cans mainly for the food industry, Mr. Gallagher said.

The plant had been owned by Continental Can, which was bought by Crown Cork in July 1990. Since then, the company has been cutting costs by consolidating Continental and Crown Cork operations.

Mr. Gallagher did not know what severance benefits the workers would receive or if the company was offering workers jobs at other plants.

The outlook for the workers is bleak, according to Herbert R. McGlotten, the recording secretary of Steelworkers Local 4340.

"These guys are skilled at their

jobs, but there are no jobs available," Mr. McGlotten said.

He doubted many of the workers would be able to find jobs that pay $16 an hour -- the average wage at the plant.

Most of the employees have 20 to 40 years of seniority and had planned to stay at the plant until retirement, Mr. McGlotten said.

"Guys in their middle 40s, where do they go to find a job?" he asked.

Mr. McGlotten said the company has not offered jobs at other plants. "We are in the midst of discussions right now," he said.

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