Crown Cork & Seal to close Essex plant, lay off 47

Crown Cork & Seal to close Essex plant, lay off 47

One of the last vestiges of a global can manufacturing firm founded in Baltimore more than 100 years ago plans to end operations in Essex, laying off 47 workers.

Crown Cork & Seal USA Inc.'s closure on Citation Road ends the company's presence in Baltimore, though the Philadelphia-based firm still has a facility in Belcamp in Harford County.

The layoffs are expected to start Oct. 30, according to a notice filed with state.

Founded by packaging innovator William Painter in Baltimore in 1892, Crown Holdings Inc. grew to be one of the biggest makers of aluminum and steel cans in the world, with 149 plants in 40 countries and 23,000 employees, according to its most recent annual report.

The company moved its corporate headquarters to Philadelphia in 1958, but retained significant operations here. In 1992, the company had five locations in Maryland and employed about 675 people.

A company representative referred questions to spokesman Thomas Fischer but said he was not in the office Thursday.

nsherman@baltsun.com

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