Canadian pork processor Olymel said Tuesday it has decided not to rebuild its Princeville, Quebec, bacon plant that was destroyed by a major fire in May.
Olymel said it considered other options, including converting the old facility to other types of operations, but decided the company has a sufficient number of bacon processing facilities to meet demand from its domestic and international customers.
Company officials factored in weak demand in the bacon market, in which results have been in decline for several years, they said in a news release.
Olymel currently operates two bacon plants, one in Drummondville, Quebec, and the other in Cornwall, Ontario.
The company has established a voluntary relocation program for the 180 employees who worked at the Princeville plant and lost their jobs as a result of the fire. By May 29, 91 employees had signed up for the program. The program is coming to an end, and some participating employees have been offered permanent positions at other facilities.
But the company said it is creating a centralized job database from which it can offer permanent employment to each Princeville worker who requests it. The database already has 162 available jobs to meet current needs at nine other Olymel plants in Quebec.
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