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Packaging Company's New Owner Expects To Retain A Number Of Employees

After the initial word about layoffs in the Finger Lakes at a packaging company, there is now some good news to report.

The company which is buying the local firm is working to try and keep a lot of those positions.

The initial notice from the state labor department this week indicated the potential for layoffs at H.P. Neun, including 63 jobs at its Lyons location and 29 jobs at its facility in Seneca Falls.

But the company which is buying H.P.Neun, Jamestown Container Companies, plans to keep both locations open.

Jamestown Container, which already has a presence in Rochester, plans to retain some of H.P.  Neun's key operations. An official with the Jamestown business tells WXXI News that around 50 of the 63 current employees at H.P.  Neun in Lyons have been or will be offered jobs with the new owner.

Company Vice President Larry Hudson says that the Seneca Falls facility will continue to operate there.  He says if more jobs at either company are needed, the remaining employees will be considered for those positions.

The acquisition is expected to be completed this year.

Randy Gorbman is WXXI's director of news and public affairs. Randy manages the day-to-day operations of WXXI News on radio, television, and online.