A century-old factory owned by Masonite, a door manufacturer, will close its doors in Lac-Mégantic and its production will be relocated to the United States.
The approximately 117 workers assigned to Industries manufacturing Mégantic (IMM) in Estrie learned the bad news Tuesday morning. The output from this plant will be recovered by Masonite’s facilities in the United States.
“Almost 80% of production at IMM goes to our American architectural door manufacturing plants. It is a difficult decision, especially since this plant has been present in Lac-Mégantic for more than 100 years. The choice to transfer production to the United States is justified by our commitment to always offer improved service to our customers, ”said Jennifer McGill, general manager of Masonite architectural Canada, in a press release.
Industries manufacturières Mégantic will cease to operate on December 31.
“This closure does not affect the activities of our residential door manufacturing plant in Lac-Mégantic as well as those of our plants located in Saint-Éphrem-de-Beauce, Windsor and Sacré-Coeur. In fact, around thirty jobs are available in these facilities and IMM employees who so desire are invited to apply, ”Masonite said.
This residential and architectural door company has around 8,500 customers in some 60 countries.
This news was greeted with sadness in Lac-Mégantic.
“There are employees who were crying when we heard the news. Me, I’ve been working here for 25 years, they’re all my friends. I am going to fight so that everyone quickly finds another job, ”said Yves Veilleux, president of the factory union.
For her part, the mayor of Lac-Mégantic Julie Morin said she asked what she could do to avoid the closure. “I quickly understood that this is not an option for the company so I immediately set to work to ensure that these 117 people find new jobs. We have just done a study which shows that there are approximately 200 positions to be filled in Lac-Mégantic and the surrounding area, jobs with salaries substantially similar to those which are being abolished, so I have confidence, ”she said. said.
– With the collaboration of Jasmin Dumas