The Kraft Heinz plant, located at 25 South Service Road in St. Marys, will be closing within the next two years, putting the future employment of its over 200 employees into question. Kraft Canada reportedly plans to work with the government to find a buyer for the plant.
In a bombshell and devastating announcement Kraft Heinz announced that they will be closing the Heinz St. Marys plant. The plant makes salad dressing and has been operating in St. Marys since the 1950’s and was previously operating as Richardson Foods. The closure will result in 214 lost jobs.
Mayor Al Strathdee said he was devastated and saddened by the news and said that the Town would do all it can to help the affected workers. He issued the following statement on Wednesday. “The Town of St. Marys has been fortunate to have a strong industrial base throughout its history. Richardson Foods and Heinz Canada have had a strong and long presence in our community, and we sincerely appreciate the excellent working relationship they have had with the Town. We are saddened today to learn that the Kraft Heinz Company has decided to close their St. Marys facility. Most importantly, our hearts go out to the 214 employees whose lives will be directly affected by this closure. We offer to them our support as they enter into this uncertain time in their lives. We will be working with Partners in Employment and will be taking a proactive role as they work to place the employees affected by this closure. It is our sincere hope that these individuals will be able to find employment in the Town of St. Marys and remain a part of our community. The Town is awaiting further information to determine how it can best assist during this time of transition.”
The news also came as a shock to many employees who thought that the St. Marys plant was safe from the company cuts. When Heinz closed their Leamington plant, Warren Buffett said that some of the jobs would be moved to St. Marys.
“There will be jobs opening up in St. Mary’s as well”, Buffett said in November 2013.
The closing of the St. Marys plant will take effect mid to end of 2016.