BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Employees at DAK Americas in Navassa learned Tuesday that the company is considering closing all or part of the plant, according to Ricky Lane, Communications Manager.
"We wanted our employees to hear from us that were considering all options before they heard it from someone else," said Lane.
There is also an option to revitalize all or part of the plant that the company took over in 2001.
Since then, Lane said the company has made several investments into the building that's been standing since the late 1960s.
"The aging infrastructure is certainly a factor," he said.
The announcement happened a day after DAK Americas decision makers met with representatives from state regulatory agencies, like DENR, for input and feedback.
Lane said this is just the beginning of the process, so there is not a defined time for the decision.
Three hundred and fifty people are considered full-service employees through the DAK facility, and another 250 work there through contract.
The facility has three units: a polyester staple fiber, a PET resin that's used in soft drinks and water bottles, and a raw material that's used to make the other two.
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