Employees received “official” letter
The employees at Heinz on James Street South, received the “official” word this week that the company will be closing their doors for good on November 30th. There are over 200 employees who will be affected by the closure. In recent weeks the company has been trucking equipment to Quebec and unconfirmed reports say that the plant in St. Marys will be completely empty when they close as Heinz plans to remove all the equipment. Meanwhile, the Town has been working with the Ministry of Labour to see what assistance can be given to the employees. The Independent has learned that the Ministry and the company will provide financing to help employees find new employment or assist with retraining programs. The United Way, in conjunction with the Town, will be setting up a “committee” to assist with this and the Town will be providing office space at the PRC. The company has made no public comment recently on their plans to close the plant.