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CLINTON — About 12 employees at Miller Container in Clinton will lose their jobs after company officials announced the facility will be converted into a distribution center.

The container and packaging company offers a range of products from simple brown boxes, multi-color displays, foam products, plastic bags, and many other packaging products.

The company said it will centralize its manufacturing operation in Rock Island, where the company is headquartered.

"These changes will better align Miller Container with its sister companies that, with Miller, form Liberty Diversified International's North Packaging Region," said the company in a statement released to the media on Wednesday. Officials declined further comment and did not respond to requests for more information.

The company has about 20 employees. The employees being cut will be offered a severance package and will be encouraged to apply for open positions at the manufacturing facility in Rock Island or at any other Liberty Diversified International facility.

Miller Container was founded in 1959 in Rock Island by Tom Miller, who was able to utilize his winnings from a horse race to fund his investment.

In October 1972, the company purchased property on the east side of Clinton in the city’s new industrial park.

Miller sold the company to Jerry VanSeveren and Jay Vonderhaar in 1986. In March 2017, Minnesota-based Liberty Diversified International purchased the business.

Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow

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Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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