Maple Leaf Foods closes poultry plant
After 50 years,
Maple Leaf Foods Inc., a large Canadian meat processor, will be closing their
poultry plant in Canard at the end of April, resulting in nearly 400 people
losing their jobs.
The company is
restructuring operations to improve finances and the plant isn't productive
enough to justify a major reinvestment.
â€œWe deeply regret the impact this will have on
our employees and we will be providing financial and outplacement support to
ease their transition,â€ said Bruce McCullagh, senior vice-president of poultry
The Canard plant, which employs
380 people, produces fresh poultry products, primarily for customers in Atlantic
Scotia's environment minister, Mark Parent
, said Maple Leaf did not ask the government for any
financial help to avoid the closure.
It will cost Maple
CAD$8.5 million (US$7.27 million) to close the plant, when severance,
decommissioning and write-downs are included.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc.
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