Reports: Union workers locked out at structural foam plant

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 6, 2014 5:32 pm ET
Updated: January 6, 2014 5:34 pm ET

Related to this story

Topics Workforce, Structural foam

Structural foam injection molder major Horizon Plastics International Inc. has locked out unionized workers at its Cobourg, Ontario, main production plant.

Workers were locked out the afternoon of Jan. 5, according to a report in the Northumberland News. About 160 workers with Local 175 of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union are affected by the lockout. The union set up picket lines at 9 pm Jan. 5, according to union spokesman Paul Hardwick, who was quoted in the newspaper report.

Hardwick said the union and company are scheduled to resume negotiations on Jan. 7. He did not disclose major issues to be resolved.

The union and Horizon Plastics began negotiating a new labor contract in October. The previous contract expired in November. Union members turned down an initial offer in early December but the two sides then continued talks.

Horizon Plastics opened a plant in Mexico last year. In a Dec. 3 report, Northumberland Today quoted Horizon Plastics President Peter Garvey as saying Ontario manufacturers face stiff competition from the United States but he expressed hope Horizon Plastics can remain viable in Cobourg. Having a plant in Mexico should allow flexibility to fulfill orders, he indicated.

Neither union representatives nor Horizon Plastics officials were immediately available for comment. The company has been injection molding structural foam since 1972.


Comments

Reports: Union workers locked out at structural foam plant

By Michael Lauzon
Correspondent

Published: January 6, 2014 5:32 pm ET
Updated: January 6, 2014 5:34 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Skills gap imperils small-town manufacturing

December 8, 2014 2:35 pm ET

As labor needs transition from low-cost, low-skilled workers to an educated, highly skilled labor force, auto companies are struggling to persuade...    More

Market Reports

Flexible Packaging Trends in North America

Our latest RESEARCH report examines trends in FLEXIBLE PACKAGING impacting the North American market including a review of economic conditions, key drivers of growth, materials pricing, M&A activity, sustainability challenges and the outlook for 2015.

Learn more

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events