Twenty-nine jobs will be lost in the small municipality of Henryville, Montérégie, after the closure of the pork products processing plant in Olemel.
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The company, which has just emerged from a long labor dispute at its Vallée-Jonction pig slaughterhouse in Boss, said Wednesday that the shutdown in Henryville is final and will take effect November 12.
Olimel purchased this 70,000-square-foot plant, which has been in operation since 2011, while acquiring all assets of F. Ménard’s pork business, in January 2020.
The dismissed employees were notified Wednesday morning. Most of them belong to the United Food and Trade Workers Union – TUAC – Local 501. Olimel, a division of Sollio Groupe Coopératif (formerly La Coop fédérée), intends to offer them to be hired at another of its factories in Montérégie.
“Closing an enterprise is always a difficult decision. But after carefully assessing our capabilities and needs in this production sector, we have been directed to the conclusion that the company already has the necessary facilities elsewhere to meet the requirements of our customers,” said Regine Nadeau, President and CEO of Olemel, in a press release. The costs associated with continuing Henryville’s existing activities would not have enabled this enterprise to be profitable.