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.