Maple Leaf Closing in Winnipeg

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CBJ – Maple Leaf Foods has announced it is closing its plant in Winnipeg as of Dec. 31 as the company continues to look for ways to restructure the company.

The Schneiders plant, which company officials say has about 25 employees, had been previously announced as marked for closure.

It’s the sixth plant the company has closed across the country since 2010, with Kitchener and Toronto expected to close by the end of the first quarter of 2015.

“Maple Leaf Foods is in the final stage of completing a complex strategy to step-change profitability in our business,” said Michael H. McCain, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, in a prepared media statement. “While there is always some element of uncertainty of timing given the unpredictable nature of start-ups, we are clear on the benefits and see a much brighter picture for 2015.”

Company spokesman Dave Bauer said most of the employees at the Schneiders plant will be moved to other Maple Leaf divisions, with a majority of those ending up at the Lagimodiere processing plant next door. That plant has about 1,300 employees, up about 345 jobs following its expansion earlier this decade, with more than 3,000 workers overall residing in Manitoba.

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