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Sonoco plant closing in New Albany, Ind.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -

The New Albany, Ind., plant that makes packaging for refrigerated dough products will close by the end of August next year.

A letter from Sonoco to the Indiana state workforce development office gives official notice of the closing.

The state posted it online after its receipt on Tuesday.

The plant is "scheduled to close by the end of" August 31, 2016, the letter said.  Employees will be laid off starting on January 2.

"These layoffs will eventually affect all 76 employees," the letter said.

The plant closing notice is required under federal law. Companies must give at least 60 days' notice before layoffs or other plant closing activities begin.

"It really is an unfortunate situation for the community and the employees," said Sonoco spokesperson Brian Risinger. "The nature of our business as it relates to specific products like what we produce for Pillsbury is such that we follow our customers, often co-locating with them to provide exceptional service and support. However, sometimes that means we and our teammates are impacted when situations like this one arise."

Notice of the closing may not be a complete surprise to workers.

The nearby Pillsbury dough plant is closing in June or July of next year. That move by parent company General Mills will leave roughly 400 people of out work.

General Mills announced the Pillsbury plant closing last February.

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