Manson Insulation Inc. in Brossard - Eman and Tilson Closing Plant for Good

    MONTREAL, Oct. 14 /CNW Telbec/ - After selling their main production line
last June, company executives, Eman and Tilson of Manson Insulation Inc. in
Brossard, announced on October 10 their decision to sell the building and its
machinery. The company will close its doors for good December 5, 2008. "This
was obviously expected. By selling the K-value process used to manufacture the
mineral wool that insulates pipes, the plant's most lucrative production was
out the door. We asked the owners, Eman and Tilson, to invest and find new
markets. Nothing worked. We asked the Fonds de solidarité to see if they could
possibly find a buyer," declared Pierre Arseneau, union representative for the
Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ).
    "We had a good plant, good workers and a good product. But what is
happening today is a logical outcome of the employer's intentions as stated on
June 25 of this year. At the time, we created a reclassification committee.
The 50 workers affected were very satisfied with our work. We will continue
and help the remaining 53 workers affected by the final plant closure," stated
Daniel Sabourin, president of local section 297 of the Syndicat des Métallos
    "We adopted a positive and proactive approach. And in spite of our
attitude, we were unable to persuade management to put forward a serious
recovery or reinvestment project. They wanted money from the Fonds de
solidarité but did not want to take any risks. Maybe we can go further with a
new buyer. We'll see. In the meantime, we're going to do as much as we can to
help our members," emphasized the union representative.

    Brief History

    The company name, Manson Insulation, comes from abbreviating the
owners' family names. Manson Insulation made so much money when it purchased
the 1973-built plant that it was paid off within five years instead of the
expected 10. Eman and Tilson invested their money elsewhere, such as land in
Ontario, a construction company, etc. "By selling the name and K-value process
production line to the German multinational Knauf, the company divested itself
of its core. As for Knauf, it will manufacture its products in the American
state of Indiana and sell us back the same products we used to manufactured
here," concluded Daniel Sabourin.

    The company specialized in the manufacture of mineral wool for commercial
and industrial uses.

For further information:

For further information: Pierre Arseneau, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ),
(514) 209-8488; Daniel Sabourin, Syndicat des Métallos (FTQ), (514) 816-6403

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