Elizabethtown Plant Shutting Down

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A soft drink company is closing its Elizabethtown plant at the end of the year, with 107 people losing their jobs in the move.

Toronto-based Cott Corp. is also closing its plant in Wyomissing, Pennsylvania. Elizabethtown plant manager Dan Hassman says the company is making the move because a company audit showed it had excess processing capacity.

Cott Corp., reported the closings would save at least eight million dollars in 2007 and will increase savings to 10 million dollars for 2008 and beyond.

The jobs and workload will move to other factories in the company, including Tampa, Florida, and Missouri, Hassman said.

Cott Corp. is the world's largest retailer-brand soft drink provider.

Cott Corp. moved to Elizabethtown since 2004, when it bought the Cardinal Co. All employees will remain at work until December 31st, and were offered severance packages beyond the closing.