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Notre Dame Seafoods permanently closes shrimp plant in Twillingate

Notre Dame Seafoods Inc. has announced the permanent closure of its shrimp plant in Twillingate. Approximately 100 people were employed at the facility during the peak processing season.
Notre Dame Seafoods Inc. has announced the permanent closure of its shrimp plant in Twillingate. Approximately 100 people were employed at the facility during the peak processing season.

TWILLINGATE, NL – It’s a loss that will be felt for years to come, said Ray Hynes, chair of the Fish, Food and Allied Workers (FFAW-Unifor) union at Notre Dame Seafoods Inc.’s shrimp plant in Twillingate.

The company announced Wednesday it is permanently closing the facility.

In an FFAW-Unifor news release, Hynes said the plant, which employed roughly 100 workers during the peak processing season, was a pivotal piece of the town’s economy.

“We appreciate that the company met with the committee face-to-face this morning to deliver the news,” he said.

Since 2009, the number of shrimp plants in Newfoundland and Labrador has dropped from 13 to now seven with Twillingate’s closure, the release indicated.

FFAW-Unifor president Keith Sullivan said the union has worked with the town in recent years and knows the facility’s importance to Twillingate.

“We must ensure that these workers and their families get the support they need,” he said. 

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