ArcelorMittal closes Lachine wire mill
ArcelorMittal Long Carbon North America - Wire Group
announced the closure of production activities at its Lachine facility
to employees at the Lachine and Saint-Patrick plants in Montreal. The
Lachine wire mill accounts for 153 positions and will close on June 30.
Different measures will be put into place to eliminate the need to lay
off employees impacted by this decision. There will be a net loss of
100 positions within ArcelorMittal in the Montreal area.
Alain Robitaille, general manager, Wire Group said
“We cannot continue operating two wire mills in a context where it is
more advisable to operate only one plant and thereby bring our costs
down to more competitive levels to ensure long term profitability.” Mr.
Robitaille added that U.S. markets for automotive construction and steel
wire consumption have been on the decline in the past five or six years,
while the value of the Canadian dollar continued to rise against the
United States dollar.
ArcelorMittal will work with the United Steelworkers
(USW) union to facilitate the phasing out process through regulatory
and labor contract mechanisms. The Saint-Patrick wire mill workforce
will increase from 105 to 158 employees. As well, employees impacted
by the closure will be offered positions in other ArcelorMittal locations
in the Montreal area. In addition, ArcelorMittal will offer incentives
to those eligible for retirement. All these measures should eliminate
the need to lay off employees impacted by this decision.