By DAVID SKOLNICK
CITY HALL REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN — A packing- products company will close its Youngstown facility by mid-March and move the operations to a plant in Bardstown, Ky.
Polyair employs 41 people at its 160,000-square-foot plant in Youngstown’s Performance Place Business Park off Poland Avenue. Workers at the Youngstown plant were told Wednesday that the facility was shutting down.
The Youngstown plant is among eight operated by Polyair Inter Pack, a company based in Toronto.
The company is relocating the work done at Youngstown to its plant in Bardstown, said Lew Coffin, the company’s vice president of operations.
Polyair, which opened at Performance Place in 1996, sold its pool-products division in June 2006 to former employees who operate that business as GLI Pool Products in the city’s Ohio Works Business Park. GLI employs about 100.
At its peak, Polyair employed about 175. But that was before it sold the pool-products division.
The space Polyair has at Performance Place is too big for the company’s current needs, said Youngstown Finance Director David Bozanich.
“Anytime you lose jobs, you hate to see it,” Bozanich said. “But we’re happy that the bulk of the jobs that started there [before the GLI split] are staying here.”
Bozanich said he is optimistic a company will move to the Polyair location once the company shuts down.
Polyair sold the building in June 2007 to Stag Capital Partners of Boston for $3.9 million, according to the Mahoning County auditor’s office.
At the same time, Stag purchased Polyair’s plant in Bardstown for an undisclosed price.
Polyair has eight years left on its lease with Stag, Coffin said.
“We’ll still pay the lease and look for a company interested in subletting the building,” he said.
Polyair’s Youngstown employees were offered jobs in Bardstown with others expressing interest in working at one of the company’s other facilities, Coffin said.
The company is working with employees at its Youngstown location who want to relocate to other Polyair plants besides the one in Kentucky to see if those requests can be honored, he said.