Abbott Laboratories closes today

BROCKVILLE, ON, Dec. 20, 2013 /CNW/ - For the last few workers at this city's 
Abbott Laboratories plant, today marks the last day of a slow winding down of 
the facility more than three years after the company announced its closure. 
"We knew this day was coming, but it's still difficult at this time of year 
with the holidays just starting," said Harry Ghadban, national representative 
for Unifor Local 462, which represents workers at the plant. 
When officials from Abbott's Chicago headquarters visited the Brockville plant 
in September 2010 to announce the closure, 157 people worked at the facility 
making Ensure nutritional supplements and Similac baby formula. 
Layoffs were phased in over the years since, with only about 29 employees 
remaining on the last day, Ghadban said. 
The factory was originally scheduled to close in the fall of 2012, but 
remained open another year due to increased short-term demand for the 
facility's products. 
Unifor members at the plant worked mostly on the manufacturing floor as 
process operators, label operators, filler operators, on the can line, as 
shift cleaners and in other positions.

SOURCE  Unifor 
 Unifor National Representative Harry Ghadban at (cell) 613-769-7844 or  
Unifor Communications Staff Representative Stuart Laidlaw (cell)  647-385-4054 
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