Ledvance lighting factory to close in Drummondville, putting 59 out of work

A fluorescent light bulb manufacturing plant in Drummondville owned by Ledvance will shut down at the end of the year, resulting in 59 workers losing their jobs, according to Unifor, the union that represents the employees.

The company, owned by a Chinese consortium, had already made several waves of layoffs in the past. In the latest wave in August, 30 workers lost their jobs, the union said.

Unifor Local 127Q denounced the layoffs, saying it tried to find solutions for the plant as the market for traditional fluorescent lighting began to decline.

The union said it believes the company decided to close the Quebec plant to transfer production to another one in Kentucky.

The Ledvance plant, formerly called Sylvania Electric, had previously employed nearly 1,000 people.

Original published: 2018-01-12 22:37:51 Read the full Montreal News here

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