Ray Lane of Cumberland enjoys the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade parade with his twin grandsons, Ben, center, and Sam Asermely, 6.
CUMBERLAND â€“ Portola Packaging, Inc. will shut down its Portola Tech International cosmetics container division by the end of August, releasing all of its employees and liquidating manufacturing equipment.
The division is based at Portola Techâ€™s Martin Street plant and at another manufacturing facility in Nanhai, China, which employ a combined 225 workers, including 51 locally, a spokeswoman for human resources said.
Workers were apparently caught off-guard when they learned they were being let go several days ago.
â€śItâ€™s shocking,â€ť the spokeswoman said.
Enjoying a Fourth of July pizza party before the start of the annual fireworks
display at Tucker Field in Cumberland Tuesday night, Kersten Brothers, 14, Timothy Brothers, 12, and Makenzie Brothers, 10, of Cumberland, with Danielle Cournoyer, 11, of Woonsocket, from left, relax before the celebration begins.