Terra Nova Shoes moving footwear factory from Newfoundland to Cambridge
A job seeker leaves his contact information with a potential employer during a job fair in this December 2012 file photo. (AP / Mary Altaffer)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, July 8, 2014 11:26AM EDT
HARBOUR GRACE, N.L. -- A footwear factory that operated in a small Newfoundland community for more than 40 years is closing and relocating to Ontario.
Terra Nova Shoes says it is shutting down its Newfoundland operations in Harbour Grace, which will cost the area about 80 jobs by the end of November, and moving to Cambridge, Ont.
In a statement, the company says workers are being offered bonuses to work until the plant closes and encouraged to apply for jobs in Cambridge.
The company says the Ontario location is closer to the company's head office and distribution centre.
Kevin Huckle, president of Kodiak Group Holdings, says the cost of operating the Harbour Grace plant had become unsustainable over the past several years.
The factory first opened in 1971 and the company was given a provincial government loan in 2008 to expand the plant, which it has said it will repay.