Sun Products completes Holabird shutdown
Wednesday, 02 July 2014 13:22

 by Ben Boehl


    It was the end of an era for another local manufacturing plant as Sun Products closed its doors at 5300 Holabird Ave last week.
    The site, remembered by many as the longtime Lever Brothers plant, saw workers leaving for the final time on Thursday. Sun Products announced in February that it planned to lay off the 300 workers at the site.     
    When Sun Products made its announcement in the winter, the company said in a statement that employees would receive transition assistance packages including severance pay as well as outplacement support in seeking new jobs.
  

 “This decision is a result of changing business needs and is not a reflection of the Baltimore community or our dedicated workforce. We value their hard work over the years, and we are committed to supporting them through a smooth transition,” said a Sun Products company statement.
    Production from the Holabird plant will be transferred to another Sun Products plant in Bowling Green, Ky.
    Sun Products bought the struggling Lever Brother’s company in 2008. Lever Brothers was at its peak in the 1960s when the company had over 1,000 employees.
    Lever Brothers took over the Holabird Avenue site in 1939 from The Gold Dust Corporation, which produced items such as Rinso, Fairy Soap and Lux Flakes.
    Lever manufactured its own soap products at the plant — with peak employment of over 1,000 — until 2008, when the facility was sold to Sun Products.