Sudden closure of Genfast Manufacturing outrageous say Steelworkers

    HAMILTON, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - Thursday's closure of Genfast Manufacturing
Company in Brantford is a terrible and unnecessary blow to the 210 people who
are losing their jobs when the doors are locked later today.
    "No severance, no termination pay, no job - it all adds up to robbing
workers' futures," said United Steelworkers' (USW) Area Coordinator Tony
DePaulo. "This company was once the pride of Brantford. It was company of the
year in 2000. Then it was bought by a carpetbagging Michigan company,
MNP Corporation, who sucked the life out of Genfast and let it slide into
receivership in order to shut it down and concentrate production of automotive
fasteners to the US."
    USW Ontario Director Wayne Fraser said the Genfast closure is
    "Manufacturing in this province is having the life kicked out of it,"
said Fraser. "And the worst part is that it doesn't have to happen. Where is
the Liberal government? It gives itself huge pay increases and does nothing to
protect the livelihood of ordinary citizens who work for companies that have
no allegiance to communities or the future."
    DePaulo added, "If the effort had been made, a buyer might have been
found and workers and pensioners would not have been hurt."

For further information:

For further information: Tony DePaulo, (905) 545-3008; Wayne Fraser,
(416) 243-8792, (416) 577-4045

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