- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

RICHMOND, VA. (AP) - Packaging maker MeadWestvaco says it will close two plants in Virginia and Puerto Rico and shift some of the production to plants in Illinois and North Carolina.

The Virginia-based company said Thursday 278 hourly and salaried employees in Louisa and Caguas, Puerto Rico, will lose their jobs. MeadWestvaco said in a statement the plants will close this year.

The closures are part of a restructuring announced in January.

Both plants produce paperboard packaging for the personal and health-care markets.

MeadWestvaco says paperboard production for personal care will be moved to a plant in Mebane, N.C. The Louisa plant’s paperboard production for health care will be moved to Melrose Park, Ill.

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