Bemis to close Flemington facility, 54 jobs lost

Bemis, the company famous for its textile bags and flexible packaging, is shuttering its Flemington facility on Route 12 early next year, a move that will result in 54 layoffs.

The facility, which opened in 1956, bisects the borough and Raritan Township.

The closure is part of the company’s overall plan to consolidate after missing its performance numbers by 30 percent, township Mayor John King said at Tuesday’s Township Committee meeting.

“The day after we found out, I was in their offices to see whether or not there was anything we could to do to keep them,” he said.

“Believe me; they’re not interested in leaving,” but the decision came from corporate headquarters.

Of the 54 employees being laid off, 40 are from New Jersey and the rest are from Pennsylvania, King said.

Township officials will try to help some of the laid-off staff apply for jobs at other manufacturing companies in the area, including Johanna Foods and 3M.

The facility’s last production day will be Jan. 2.