BROCKVILLE, ON, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - For the last few workers at this
city's Abbott Laboratories plant, today marks the last day of a slow
winding down of the facility more than three years after the company
announced its closure.
"We knew this day was coming, but it's still difficult at this time of
year with the holidays just starting," said Harry Ghadban, national
representative for Unifor Local 462, which represents workers at the
When officials from Abbott's Chicago headquarters visited the Brockville
plant in September 2010 to announce the closure, 157 people worked at
the facility making Ensure nutritional supplements and Similac baby
Layoffs were phased in over the years since, with only about 29
employees remaining on the last day, Ghadban said.
The factory was originally scheduled to close in the fall of 2012, but
remained open another year due to increased short-term demand for the
Unifor members at the plant worked mostly on the manufacturing floor as
process operators, label operators, filler operators, on the can line,
as shift cleaners and in other positions.
For further information:
Unifor National Representative Harry Ghadban at (cell) 613-769-7844 or Unifor Communications Staff Representative Stuart Laidlaw (cell) 647-385-4054