MONTREAL, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - Company directors Eman and Tilson, of
Brossard-based Isolation Manson, yesterday sent termination letters to 50 of
the 100 workers employed at the factory. Today, they notified the Quebec
Minister of Labour that the plant's main production line has been sold. "For
years, the union has been urging owners Eman and Tilson to invest in the
plant. Instead, they have decided to sell the company's name and the heart of
its production while getting rid of workers," said Pierre Arseneau, spokesman
for the Syndicat des Métallos / United Steelworkers of Canada (FTQ). "These
plans were all made in secret and announced at the last moment - just before
summer holidays. The two directors have shown such bad faith that they are
even refusing to negotiate severance packages."
"Eman and Tilson have sold the soul of the company. The K process used to
manufacture fiberglass pipe insulation represented the company's most
profitable production. We were aware that our factory's long-term survival was
threatened without new investment from the company. That's why we instigated
meetings with the Fonds de solidarité, and asked the company to - among other
things - stop importing glass beads from China and start up a furnace here in
Quebec instead. Nothing doing. Instead, they were preparing to sell to the
most willing buyer, and to hell with the workers and with Quebec. We had a
good factory, good labour, and a good product. It's disgusting," said
Daniel Sabourin, president of Local 297 of the Syndicat des Métallos / United
Steelworkers of Canada (FTQ).
Arseneau added, "We took a proactive and positive approach. Still, we
were never able to convince these owners to bring forward a serious relaunch
or reinvestment proposal. They wanted money from the Fonds, but they did not
want to take on any risk at all."
"Isolation Manson - a company whose name comes from a contraction of the
proprietors' two family names - made so much money when it purchased this
factory in 1973 that it was paid off in five years, rather than 10, as
foreseen. Eman and Tilson milked our factory for all they could get. They
invested elsewhere - property in Ontario, a construction company, and so on.
Knauf, the German multinational that has purchased the name and K production
line will move manufacturing to Indiana, and then sell us products that were
once manufactured here," Sabourin said.
For further information:
For further information: Pierre Arseneau, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ),
(514) 209-8488; Daniel Sabourin, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (514) 816-6403