Papermaker Georgia-Pacific introduced in January that it might shut its Easton, Pa., cup plant by year-end, with 190 employees shedding their jobs in three waves starting in March. The work — making cups for theme parks, accommodations, workplaces and different business customers — will shift to a plant in Lexington, Ky., the place solely 50 jobs can be added. The privately held firm gained’t specify whether or not that capability enhance will completely make up for the Pennsylvania loss. Nevertheless it’s onerous to see it as a wager on a speedy rebound in demand for paper cups, which collapsed within the pandemic. “This was a strategic resolution based mostly on enterprise wants,” spokesman Eric Abercrombie stated.