June 1, 2007


Maple Leaf to close Ontario pork plant



Toronto-based Maple Leaf Foods announced on May 31 it will close its pork further processing facility in Etobicoke, Ontario in Canada by end-October.


The closure of nearly 50-year-old plant was part of Maple Leaf's Schneider Foods acquisition and its remaining operations will continue to the company's Brampton, Ontario plant that also produces Maple Leaf's Simple Fresh product line.


The plant closure will affect some 100 employees.


Maple Leaf said it expects the facility closure will result in a 5 million Canadian dollars charge before taxes, which it anticipates will be charged against 2007 earnings.


Maple Leaf also said it has completed the earlier announced closure of its primary pork processing operations in Saskatoon that process about 16,000 hogs annually.