Manufacturer to cut over 200 North Carolina jobs

A California manufacturer with local ties is moving operations south of the border, resulting in eventual job losses for over 200 North Carolina workers.

Avery Dennison, which makes office supplies, will eliminate 143 jobs at its Lenoir plant and 82 jobs at its Greensboro facility as it transitions work to plants in Mexico and Honduras.

The company filed a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification with the North Carolina Commerce Department late last week. Joy Seusing, senior director of communications, said the company expects the transition will be complete by mid-2016.

Avery Dennison, she said, will offer transition plans to all affected employees, which include manufacturing positions and supervisors, including financial support, continuation of medical benefits, resume building and job assistance.

“These changes are meant to strengthen and improve the level of service to better meet the evolving needs of our customers,” Seusing said. “We are moving our operations overseas to be closer to our customers -- ultimately to improve our service to customers.”

Lenoir is located about 75 miles northeast of Charlotte in Caldwell County, where the unemployment rate is 6.4 percent, according to the most recent figures from the North Carolina Commerce Department.

That figure is above the 5.3 percent jobless rate in Mecklenburg County and above the North Carolina rate of 5.4 percent.

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