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Maple Leaf Closing Chicken Plant in Ayr, Ont.


February 7, 2012
By The Canadian Press

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February 7, 2012 – Maple Leaf Foods is closing a chicken processing plant in Ayr, Ont., in a move that will result in the net loss of about 100 jobs.

February 7, 2012 – Maple Leaf Foods is closing a chicken processing plant in Ayr, Ont., in a move that will result in the net
loss of about 100 jobs.

The company says the streamlining is part of a plan to consolidate the company's poultry operations into its Brantford and
Mississauga, Ont., plants.

The Ayr chicken plant employs about 175 people in southwestern Ontario community and will be shut down in May.

The work will be transferred to the company's other operations, with 75 new jobs created at the Mississauga plant just west ofToronto.
Maple Leaf will spend roughly $6.5 million at its Mississauga and Brantford operations as part of the consolidation. The company also expects to spend $5.6 million on restructuring costs.

Maple Leaf has 21,000 employees at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia.

The company has been trying to become more efficient and boost its profitability by streamlining some of its smaller plants and expanding other plants to reduce operating costs.