Employees brace for shutdown of west Indianapolis plant
Two-hundred workers at an Indianapolis plant will lose their jobs in the spring when the plant shuts down.
For the past 40 years, the ASG plant on South Belmont Avenue has been making packaging and labels for a number of products. The employees, some of whom have put in decades at the plant, suspected this would happen, but not quite this soon.
Crystal Conley has put in more than 20 years working at the ASG plant. She learned earlier this week that her longtime job will be no more.
"This was like a big blow. It's bad," she said. "It's real bad. It's sad is what it is."
It turns out the front doors of the plant will lock for good in a couple of months. The employees will start their final shifts on March 15 and finalize the closure on March 31.
Although some of the 203 employees are just now learning about the shutdown, it's no surprise to others. Once the new parent company took over, business started slowing down.
ASG has manufactured paper products at this facility for four decades.
The company had already laid off 42 senior employees and started notifying the remaining 161 Tuesday morning.
For many of the workers, like Conley, this has been their bread and butter for more than 20 years.
"It's a tough thing. I am working on my 28th year here. It's a new thing. I have not had to look for a job in a lot of years," Phil Liggett said.
Rumors about the closure started several weeks ago.
"I am really not too worried. I think personally God will take care of us. I am hoping and praying that everybody will get a new job," said longtime employee Richard Landreth. "They are doing everything that they can to make sure that we do. It's not one of those bad animosity type deals, it's just the way things are right now."
The employees will receive separation pay and job search assistance.