May 10, 2019 By PrintAction Staff
Transcontinental Inc. announced this week the gradual reduction of printing activities at Transcontinental Brampton leading to the plant’s complete closure at the end of December 2019.
The company says the decision was made in order to optimize the retail printing platform in Canada, noting that over the coming months, there will be a gradual transfer of activities from Transcontinental Brampton primarily to Transcontinental RBW Graphics and Transcontinental Vaughan in Ontario, as well as to Transcontinental Transmag in Quebec. Each of the latter two plants has just installed a press from TC Transcontinental Printing’s former plant in Fremont, Calif., the company explains.
“We are continuously working to align the capacity and costs of our printing platform to business volumes, as we have always done in order to protect the long-term financial health of our sector,” says Jacques Grégoire, President of TC Transcontinental Printing. “Following an in-depth analysis of the situation, it is with regret that we had to make the decision to close Transcontinental Brampton. We would like to sincerely thank all of the talented employees who have been highly dedicated to this plant over the years.”
The closure of Transcontinental Brampton, located at 138 East Drive, in Brampton, Ont., will take place in two phases. Starting July 7, 2019, only one of the two presses will remain in operation, resulting in the permanent layoff of about 60 production and support employees. As for the approximately 65 production and support employees who will still be employed after this date, they will continue to work on the remaining press until the plant closure.
TC Transcontinental says it has begun taking steps with other plants in its network in view of offering employment opportunities to some of the employees who would then be invited to apply, if applicable. Upon closure of the plant, most of the approximately 30 office employees at Transcontinental Brampton should be transferred to Transcontinental Vaughan, where renovation work is underway, it says.
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