Workers at Joint US/Chinese Co. Held Managers Hostage (fwd)

Stephen E Philion philion at
Fri Aug 25 19:29:27 PDT 2000

Workers at joint U.S.-Chinese company held managers hostage

The Associated Press

BEIJING (August 25, 2000 1:12 p.m. EDT - Workers at a joint U.S.-Chinese packaging company held a group of foreign managers hostage for more than a day in a feud over layoffs, the company said Friday.

Up to seven foreign managers were held at the factory, located in the northern port city of Tianjin, from Wednesday morning until Thursday night, when they were released, said a spokeswoman for MCP Industries Ltd., a joint venture between Ball Asia Pacific Ltd. and a Chinese partner identified only as Wanhua.

Parent company Ball Corp. is located in Bloomfield, Colo.

The spokeswoman said she did not know the exact number of hostages taken or their nationalities.

The joint venture was to be dissolved after the Chinese side decided to withdraw their investment, and Ball wanted to move production to another facility and lay off some workers, she said.

Company officials are investigating the incident.

Ball Asia Pacific Ltd. operates 16 joint ventures, including three in Tianjin, and with its partners is the leading maker of beverage containers in China, according to the company's Web site.

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