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Glass plant closes; LCBO cited (August 01, 2008)

U. S.-based Owens-Illinois Inc. has announced the shut down of its glass container plant in Toronto. The closing will occur in September. The company has blamed high energy prices and the high Canadia...


U. S.-based Owens-Illinois Inc. has announced the shut down of its glass container plant in Toronto. The closing will occur in September. The company has blamed high energy prices and the high Canadian dollar for its troubles, but also says the Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) has created a negative business climate. Owens-Illinois says its plants in Brampton and the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke generated US $200-million (U. S.) in sales last year, employed 745 in well-paid manufacturing jobs and produced glass containers for several beverage and food companies, including Andres Wines, E. D. Smith, Bacardi and Hiram Walker. In a letter dated July 2 to Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, Owens-Illinois chairman and chief executive officer Albert Stroucken accused the LCBO of launching an “unprecedented, ongoing attack on our business.”


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