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243 Workers Reportedly Terminated Because Plant’s Furnaces 'Worn Out'

The parent company is closing the facility rather than paying to fix or replace the furnaces.

A glass factory in Park Hills, Missouri, will close its doors permanently, terminating 243 workers in March 2022.

In a notice filed with the city, PGP Glass USA Inc. describes widespread difficulties facing many companies, saying “our business has been no exception.”

But a report in St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK gets more specific about the company's reasoning.

Citing the St. Louis Dispatch, they say a spokesperson claims the closure is due to the plant’s furnaces being “worn out.”

Instead of paying to fix or replace them, the plant’s parent company – Piramal Group of Mumbai, India – has opted to close the facility instead.

PGP specializes in global fine glass manufacturing for specialty liquor, beauty, pharmaceutical and food applications.

The Dispatch said that the company employed 530 union workers as recently as 2005.

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