TRURO - A change in operations at Intertape Polymer will not lead to significant job losses to Truro employees although a "handful" of workers could be affected, a company spokesman says.
“Most if not all the people will not be laid off,” Rick Leckner said, by telephone from Montreal, in the latest update to the plant's situation.
'We expect to absorb most, if not all, of the employees involved.”
The shrink wrap department at the Truro site is being shifted to another company plant in Utah as part of a North American reorganization, Leckner said. That department currently employs 27 workers.
During the transistion period, expected to take up six to eight months, Leckner said the plan is to try to integrate as many workers as possible into other sectors of the plant while other eliminated positions are expected to absorbed through attrition.
Any layoffs that do occur will only affect hourly workers.
The Truro plant, which currently employs approximately 250 people, will continue to make some products for the Montreal-based company, which manufacturers plastic wrapping and tapes for packaging.
A plant in Kentucky will be closed and its production will be shifted to Illinois.
Intertape currently employs 1,800 people in 19 locations, the majority of which are in North America. One manufacturing plant is located in Europe.
The company plans to take charge of between $14 million and $16 million in the second fiscal quarter to reflect some of the costs, including severance pay, of its reorganization plans.
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