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Labatt closes New Brunswick Brewery.

Labatt Breweries of Canada recently announce that it would close its brewery in St. John, New Brunswick by December 10, putting 105 salaried and hourly employees out of work.

In a news release, Ron Steeves, general manager of Labatt's New Brunswick said that the decision "was made to ensure the longer term survival of our business and to protect jobs in other breweries.

He continued, "To remain competitive in a marketplace altered by declining industry volumes and falling trade barriers, we felt we had to improve our efficiency by combining production at fewer breweries."

Over two years, Labatt reported it has reduced its salaried workforce by over 32 percent, or about 440 positions. The company said it has allocated Canadian $7.1 million to support employees affected by the closure.
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Title Annotation:Labatt Brewing Company Ltd.
Publication:Modern Brewery Age
Date:Jun 21, 1993
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