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Olymel cooks up job plan after Princeville fire

Published by Steve Coleman on May 14, 2012

Olymel is looking at other ways to bring home the bacon after a fire at its Princeville, Que. processing plant.

The company announced May 14 that it has worked out a plan with its union to give employees put out of work by a May 6 fire an opportunity to voluntarily start work at one of five plants in a 100 kilometre radius.

The blaze destroyed the company's bacon processing plant, putting an estimated 180 employees out of work. The cause is still under investigation and the company says resuming work at the plant isn't feasible in the short term.

Until damage reports arrive, Olymel management says it won't make any decisions about rebuilding the Princeville plant.

Until the decision is made, Princeville's employees will be temporarily relocated to facilities in Drummondville (bacon plant), Trois-Rivières (processing), Vallée-Jonction (hog slaughtering, cutting and deboning), Ste-Rosalie (cutting and processing) and St-Hyacinthe (pork ham deboning) on a voluntary basis.

The company says it expects the agreement will be in place until early September. Employees moved on the temporary agreement will be given first opportunity at any jobs that open.

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