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Plastics plant to close
South Forsyth site employs about 86
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Forsyth County News


Employees of a south Forsyth plastics manufacturer may be out of work in a few weeks.

Continental Plastics, headquartered in Fraser, Mich., recently notified the Georgia Department of Labor that it would be closing its Shiloh Road facility as early as March 18.

According to Continental's Web site, the facility primarily works in "large injection molding," producing items such as "door panels, garnishes, rear quarter panels and liftgates" for automobiles.

In its notice, Continental states that it decided to close the location due to a "general economic downturn and lack of work."

The Shiloh Road site employees 86 people: 15 Continental employees and 71 hourly workers from Randstad Staffing & Recruiting.

Randall Toussaint, vice president of economic development for the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber will work to assist the displaced employees.

"We're working closely  with [Continental's] leadership team, the Georgia Department of Labor and the state's Economic Development Department to provide resources to all the workers," Toussaint said.

Messages left at the local facility seeking comment were not returned.

According to Continental's notice to the state, the firm is "involved in negotiations with several companies who have expressed an interest in buying this and other facilities."

However, it also stated "there is no way to be assured" that a buyer would hire the current work force.

It went on to note that the 71 hourly employees may be provided other work opportunities through Randstad.

The Shiloh Road facility was completed in October 1995 at 100,000 square feet, according to Continental's Web site.

An additional 30,000 square feet of space was later added.