FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) - Officials say 170 workers will have to plan their next move as Fort Wayne's Avery Dennison plant will close its doors.
"In Fort Wayne, we are bordered on three sides of our existing location by city streets. We have another commercial property right behind us, so Avery Dennison leadership made investments in two other locations one in Greenfield, Indiana and the other in Mentor, Ohio," Avery Dennison Plant Manager Alex Connett said.
Connett said unlike other companies, the closure had nothing to do with the COVID-19 pandemic.
However, Connett said moving will help in their expansion.
Director of Community Research for Purdue University Fort Wayne Rachel Blakeman said it's going to be a hard decision for workers when the doors close next year.
"That may be the right choice for them and their families, or as we often see when jobs leave is not all of the people leave. They decide to then either go back, and skill up so there's lots of opportunities for job training," Director of Community Research for Purdue Fort Wayne Rachel Blakeman said.
Blakeman said it really depends on the worker.
Rick Farrant with Northeast Indiana Works said even though we're dealing with a pandemic right now people are hiring, including other manufactures.
"The good news is that there's also a lot of employers that are hiring, so the anticipation for those employees at Avery Dennison who choose not to relocate there should be some job options for them," Director Of Communications for Northeast Indiana Works Rick Farrant said.
Farrant said they are willing to provide training for other positions if workers are not willing to relocate.