Sun Products to close
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 13:07

Closure to put 300 employees out of work

by Ben Boehl

Just before The Eagle went to press on Tuesday, Sun Products Corporation announced it will be closing the Baltimore plant at 5300 Holabird Ave. (the former Lever Brothers plant) at the end of June.
    An employee at the plant tipped The Eagle about the closure plan, which was later confirmed by Sun Products Corporation’s Director Corporate Affairs Kathryn Corbally.
    “We will no longer manufacture at Holabird Avenue in Baltimore effective at the end of June,” Corbally said in a phone interview with The Eagle.
    According to a Sun Products press release, there are approximately 300 employees who work at the Holabird plant. The company said the employees will receive transition assistance packages including severance pay as well as outplacement support in seeking new jobs.
    “This decision is a result of changing business needs and is not a reflection of the Baltimore community or our dedicated workforce. We value their hard work over the years, and we are committed to supporting them through a smooth transition,” said a company statement.
    The Eagle reported last April that Sun Products had laid off about 50 employees at the Holabird location.
    Sun Products manufactures laundry and household products.
    One employee said last April that with technological changes and the move of some manufacturing to other facilities, the Holabird plant had seen its production decline from 50 million cases per year to around 20 million cases. 
    Production from the Holabird plant will be transferred to another Sun Products plant in Bowling Green, Ky.