- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 17, 2016

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) - A paper converting plant in Menasha will close by the end of this year, with about 230 employees getting laid off.

Workers at the Graphic Packaging International plant were told about the closure Monday and that layoffs will come in phases beginning in a little more than 60 days.

Sue Appleyard, senior manager of corporate communications in the company’s Atlanta office, says the decision to close the facility was “based on the capabilities of the plant and its supply chain infrastructure.” She says the facility was constructed in 1946.

Appleyard says other facilities have been acquired recently “that have state-of-the-art capabilities,” and that those newer plants are in Iowa and Minnesota and on the East Coast.

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