Silgan Containers temporarily laying off 22 employees in Menomonee Falls

Last updated on March 17th, 2020 at 01:38 pm

Silgan Containers plans to temporarily lay off 22 employees from its Menomonee Falls facility at N90 W14600 Commerce Drive.

The company did not specify a reason for the layoff in a notice to state officials and did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The layoff will start Nov. 18 with a planned recall date of Jan. 6.

Included in the layoff are 10 general laborers, three lift truck operators, six employees who work in various coating roles, two coil line attendants and a quality inspector.

The Teamsters Union, Local 695, represents the impacted employees.

Silgan Containers is a subsidiary of Connecticut-based Silgan Holdings Inc., which on Wednesday reported a 1.9% increase in net sales to $3.38 billion through the first nine months of the year. Net income, however, has decreased to 14.4% to $159 million.

The metal containers segment, which the 116,000-square-foot Menomonee Falls facility is part of, saw net sales grow 5.3% to $1.9 billion, but segment income dropped from $172.3 million to $134.1 million.

Silgan says it is the largest manufacturer of metal food containers in the U.S., making more than half of the units, including $462 million in sales to Nestle last year.

In July, Silgan announced it would close its can plant in Waupun, citing a need to lower its overall cost structure, improve operating efficiencies and enhance its competitive position.

In June, the company signed a lease for a 525,000-square-foot industrial building in the Kenosha Corporate Park developed by Zilber Property Group.

The company also has operations in Oconomowoc, Menomonie and Plover.


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