ST-HYACINTHE, QC, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Olymel l.p. announced today
that it will continue the restructuring of operations begun last year
at its Iberville poultry products further processing and pre-packaging
plant. The changes will result in the loss of 120 jobs. The
distribution centre adjacent to the Iberville plant where fifteen
persons currently work will, however, continue operating. The Iberville
plant will cease operations on August 19.
Since last year the Iberville plant has focused its operations on the
production of chicken tournedos and skewers. Most of the production
volume will be taken over by a nearby Olymel plant located in
St-Jean-sur-Richelieu. This redeployment will require renovations to
the latter facility entailing an investment of over half a million
dollars that is expected to create some 30 new jobs in addition to the
current staff of 85 employees at the St-Jean-sur-Richelieu plant. These
new jobs will be offered first to employees who were laid off from the
"Olymel does not take the decision to cut these jobs lightly. Since the
restructuring that began last year, market conditions have not improved
and current low production volumes for chicken tournedos and skewers no
longer justify continued operation of the Iberville plant. These
changes should generate significant economies of scale in our
operations. Renovation of our St-Jean-sur-Richelieu facility is
expected to create new jobs that will be offered first to laid-off
Iberville employees, and the company will provide all necessary
assistance through the Job Placement Committee it will set up," noted
Réjean Nadeau, President and CEO of Olymel l.p.
In accordance with the Act respecting Labour Standards, 120 employees at
the Iberville plant received layoff notices, including 105 in the
production sector, 10 management and support staff and 5 others
assigned to maintenance. The layoff notices go into effect in 16 weeks,
on August 19. Meanwhile, a Job Placement Committee will be established
to support laid-off workers in finding new employment or help them
relocate to other Olymel facilities.
About Olymel l.p.
Olymel l.p. is a leader in the slaughtering, processing and distribution
of pork and poultry meat products in Canada, with facilities in Québec,
Ontario, and Alberta. The company employs near 10,000 persons and
exports nearly half its production, mainly to the United States, Japan
and Australia, as well as some sixty other countries. Its sales stood
at $2 billion this year, with a slaughtering and processing capacity of
160,000 hogs and 1.7 million poultry every week.
SOURCE Olymel S.E.C.
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