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Owens closing Toronto glass container plant, part of production will move to MTL


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Owens-Illinois closing Toronto glass container plant,

 

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 29, 2008 | 9:02 AM ET

The Canadian Press

 

Owens-Illinois Inc. is closing its glass container plant in Toronto effective Sept. 30, affecting 430 workers.

 

The company said Tuesday that the closure arises from an "ongoing review of its global manufacturing footprint," and the Toronto plant's production will be shifted to other factories, including sites in Brampton, Ont., and Montreal.

 

"This closing was driven by our global asset utilization process which identified the opportunity to shift our production to other O-I North American facilities, resulting in lower energy consumption and production costs while still meeting current and anticipated market needs," stated Scott Murchison, president of the 24,000-employee company's North America glass containers division.

 

"The market impacts of a strong Canadian dollar, high energy prices and the recent activities of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario were contributing factors."

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"The market impacts of a strong Canadian dollar, high energy prices and the recent activities of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario were contributing factors

 

le coût de l'électricité au Québec est environs deux fois moins cher.

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