Lachine wants provincial government to help businesses

Mayor Claude Dauphin wants government to attract more industry?
By Kevin Woodhouse

While the Lachine industrial park is running at 98 percent capacity, in the last two years two companies have either folded or announced they will be closing. This fall, the Old Dutch plant ceased its operations and this June, Blue Water Seafoods will be also closing its doors, leaving 124 employees without work.

“My thoughts are with the employees and their families affected by the upcoming plant closing,” said Lachine Mayor Claude Dauphin. “Our manufacturing sector has taken some hits over the last few years and it is our citizens that pay the biggest price.”

As previously reported, The Blue Water plant is not closing because of inefficient work but rather a streamlining of the company’s resources, as the plant’s work will now be done in the United States.

The one positive to the plant closing, according to Dauphin, is that “the company is offering job placement services for the employees and I hope that once the plant closes, all of the employees will be able to find work in Lachine.”

Dauphin told The Suburban that during discussions of the Old Dutch closure, the provincial government was going to step in to help the employees find new work through training or placement services. “We need to find jobs for this residents and the provincial government to do its part by helping with programs or grants to attract more industry to the area,” Dauphin said.

The mayor also stated that the borough is “open to help facilitate any company or business looking to relocate to Lachine.”

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