High Liner Announces Plant Closures


LUNENBURG, N.S. — Nearly 300 plant workers will soon be out of work, with news that High Liner Foods Incorporated is preparing to consolidate its North American supply chain.

The news affect the company’s “highest-cost and most underutilized facilities” in Burin, N.L. and Danvers, Mass.

“High Liner Foods recognizes this is a difficult day for the more than 300 employees, as well as their families, in both communities, most of whom will be leaving the High Liner family later this year or early next year as a result of this decision,” said Henry Demone, CEO of the Nova Scotia-based seafood company. “High Liner Foods has grown through three recent acquisitions, and many of High Liner’s plants are operating below capacity … Despite our growth, the reality is that we only need four North American plants to supply our customers.”

The Burin plant, which employs nearly 180 employees, is scheduled to close in December 2012, while a product development office in St. John’s, N.L., will also close at the end of the year. The Danvers plant, which employs more than 160 people, will close in 2013.

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