Glass tableware manufacturer Libbey has closed its Shreveport, USA manufacturing plant.

The company closed its doors on December 31 along with its adjacent outlet retail store.

The glass production facility had been based at the Louisiana site for 47 years . In July the company said a combination of COVID-19 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings meant it would close the site.

The factory employed 450 people.

In a statement the company said: “Over the last few years, we have experienced declining demand in our core markets, which has contributed to overcapacity. This has been exacerbated by COVID-19.

" This difficult decision was necessary to better align our cost structure with current and expected customer demand as we position Libbey for the future.

"We will leverage our existing US and international manufacturing footprint, along with our best-in-class sourcing capabilities, to continue to provide industry-leading service to our customers and end users.

"The dedicated team manufactured their final piece of glassware on December 31st, 2020.

"We thank each and every one of the devoted and admirable employees who brought great pride and quality to every piece of glass they produced for the marketplace.

"We are grateful for their service."