Pawtucket packaging company to close for good

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PAWTUCKET, R.I. (WPRI) — The city of Pawtucket has been dealt another loss with the closure of a packaging company, Eyewitness News has learned.

A spokesperson from the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) said the agency received a notice from the MATLET Group that its Pawtucket facility, Packaging Graphics, would be shutting down for good.

Packaging Graphics’ website says the company offered a “one-stop” approach for point-of-purchase packaging.

According to the notice, 180 employees are impacted by the closure. The DLT said it’s currently working with the company to help those employees.

Eyewitness News reached out to Packaging Graphics for comment on the closure but has yet to hear back.

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien said he has also tried to reach out to the company but hasn’t heard back. He said city officials are doing “everything they can” to help those affected by the closure.

Packaging Graphics is coincidentally located across the street from McCoy Stadium, where the Pawtucket Red Sox currently play. The team recently signed a contract with the city of Worcester and will be moving there in 2020 once a new stadium is built.

Grebien said the facility’s closure may impact the area but since the PawSox are still playing there, it’s too soon to tell how much of an impact the closure will have.

“We all know we’ve had some challenges over the last couple of years, unfortunately not within our control,” Grebien said. “With the PawSox leaving in two years, it’s going to leave a big hole in our area and we’ve been working with Commerce as well and the state to figure out what that next move is.”

Grebien said he hopes the closure will only be temporary and that if it is a financial issue, the city can step in to help Packaging Graphics reopen.

“The last thing any of us want is to lose any job,” Grebien explained. “Jobs are so tight now as it is.”

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