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.