EFFINGHAM, Ill. (AP) — State officials say Southeastern Container Inc. is laying off its employees in anticipation of closing the Effingham plant. Based on Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity records, the (Effingham) Daily News reports the company began laying off its 41 workers Dec. 11 and will continue through Christmas Eve. The plant made up to 8 million plastic bottles a week and supplied Coca-Cola bottling plants throughout the Midwest. Southeastern Container announced in March that the Effingham plant would close by early 2016. A spokeswoman at Southeastern’s North Carolina corporate office did not return a message left by The Associated Press. Effingham Development Building Partners II owns the 283,000-square-foot facility. A spokesman wouldn’t comment on possible future tenants.