Graphic Packaging Announces Reduction in Force and Carton Facility Closure

Oct 12, 2011, 08:15 ET from Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

MARIETTA, Ga., Oct. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Graphic Packaging International, Inc. (GPI), a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), today announced plans to institute a reduction in force and close its La Porte, Ind. carton facility.  

"These very difficult decisions were studied significantly, but ultimately are necessary in light of the ongoing economic impacts being felt by our customers and consumers.  These changes will help to ensure our continued success in the paperboard packaging space," said David Scheible, president and chief executive officer.  "GPI continually evaluates all of our business operations and redeploys business to maximize the cost-effectiveness of our manufacturing footprint as a whole.  This constant evaluation ensures we are serving our markets as efficiently as possible."

The overall reduction will affect approximately 200-220 employees.  The company anticipates one-time costs of $6 million to $8 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 and the first quarter of 2012 with annual savings of $20 million to $25 million.

The company will transition business from the La Porte plant to a number of different existing operations in the U.S.  The La Porte carton plant will continue to operate and support customers while its business is transitioned to several other plants over the next few weeks.  Customers have been notified of the operating change by the Company and have been assured that the closure will have little to no impact on current or future orders.

In addition to closing the La Porte facility, the company is consolidating certain corporate and business unit functions to more efficiently utilize sales, product development and administrative resources across all business groups.

The Company will notify affected employees this week and will provide appropriate assistance to those affected. 

Forward-looking Statements

Any statements of the Company's expectations in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements, which include statements regarding the reduction in force, production shutdown, facility closure, transition of business to other locations and costs and annual savings are based on currently available information and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company's present expectations. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to implement its business strategies, including productivity initiatives and cost reduction plans. Undue reliance should not be placed on such forward-looking statements, as such statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no obligation to update such statements. Additional information regarding these and other risks is contained in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

About Graphic Packaging International, Inc.

Graphic Packaging International, Inc., a subsidiary of Graphic Packaging Holding Company (NYSE: GPK), headquartered in Marietta, Georgia, is a leading provider of paperboard packaging solutions for a wide variety of products to food, beverage and other consumer products companies. The company is one of the largest producers of folding cartons and holds a leading market position in coated-recycled boxboard and specialty bag packaging. The company's customers include some of the most widely recognized companies in the world. Additional information about Graphic Packaging, its business and its products is available on the company's web site at

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