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Updated: Tue, 24 Jun 2014 13:22:28 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Schneiders closure will see 500 workers laid off, not 1,200 says councillor



Maple Leaf Foods is closing down Kitchener's Schneider's Plant and moving all plant operations to Hamilton, Ont. Brian St. Denis/CBC

Maple Leaf Foods is closing down Kitchener's Schneider's Plant and moving all plant operations to Hamilton, Ont. Brian St. Denis/CBC

The closure of Kitchener's Schneiders plant will result in only 500 workers being laid off, rather than the 1,200 workers originally projected, says Coun. Frank Etherington, who sits on a city task force overseeing the closure. 

Etherington said that the decreased number of layoffs was a result of early retirements and voluntary departures by staff. He added that some workers were transferring to the new Hamilton plant and that some employees were enrolling in a retraining program.

Maple Leaf Foods began the process of closing the Kitchener plant on Labour Day last year by shutting down its distribution centre and laying off 150 workers. The company will be moving all plant operations to Hamilton, a move that the Maple Leaf Foods originally said would result in 1,200 layoffs.

The company will open an employee job centre near downtown Kitchener in September to help employees find new jobs or enter retraining programs.

Etherington says the Courtland Ave. plant will officially close in December.

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