Winnipeg Free Press - PRINT EDITION

Paper price means loss of 114 local jobs

  • Print

RISING paper costs will force the closure of a Winnipeg manufacturer when the Red River Packaging plant closes its doors for the final time Dec. 31.

Local union president Charlene Matheson confirmed the closure will leave 114 union members out of work unless a new owner willing to keep the plant going steps forward.

She doesn't expect a reprieve, said Matheson, president of the Communications, Energy and Paper Workers Union, local 830.

"The company is for sale and if they find a potential buyer, they will stay open. If they don't, Dec. 31 will be the last day of work," she said by phone Monday evening.

Union and management are negotiating severance packages to wind down the business in the meantime, she said.

Red River Packaging, at 1570 Inkster Blvd., is part of a North American paper-packaging, manufacturing and distribution company based in Portland, Ore. The plant makes paper bags for restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores as well as colourful gift bags.

The cost of paper is rising along with fuel prices, so news that the plant would close was no surprise to the union.

"We found out about three weeks ago," Matheson said.

The company lists a total of 125 employees and the manager was not available for comment Monday evening.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 23, 2012 A7

Fact Check

Fact Check

Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories?
Please use the form below and let us know.

* Required
  • Please post the headline of the story or the title of the video with the error.

  • Please post exactly what was wrong with the story.

  • Please indicate your source for the correct information.

  • Yes

    No

  • This will only be used to contact you if we have a question about your submission, it will not be used to identify you or be published.

  • Cancel

Having problems with the form?

Contact Us Directly
  • Print

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

You can comment on most stories on winnipegfreepress.com. You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is be a Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscriber to join the conversation and give your feedback.

Have Your Say

New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press print or e-edition subscribers only. why?

Have Your Say

Comments are open to Winnipeg Free Press Subscribers only. why?

The Winnipeg Free Press does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. These terms were revised effective April 16, 2010.

letters

Make text: Larger | Smaller

LATEST VIDEO

Premier, Mayor comment on CMHR opening

View more like this

Photo Store Gallery

  • Marc Gallant/Winnipeg Free Press. Local- Peregrine Falcon Recovery Project. Baby peregrine falcons. 21 days old. Three baby falcons. Born on ledge on roof of Radisson hotel on Portage Avenue. Project Coordinator Tracy Maconachie said that these are third generation falcons to call the hotel home. Maconachie banded the legs of the birds for future identification as seen on this adult bird swooping just metres above. June 16, 2004.
  • JOE.BRYKSA@FREEPRESS.MB.CA Local-(Standup photo)- Humming Around- A female ruby -throated hummingbird fly's through the bee bomb  flowers Friday at the Assiniboine Park English Garden- Nectar from flowers are their main source of food. Hummingbirds wings can beat as fast as 75x times second. Better get a glimpse of them soon the birds fly far south for the winter - from Mexico to South America- JOE BRYKSA/WINNIPEG FREE PRESS- Sept 10, 2009

View More Gallery Photos

Poll

Do you support Canada's involvement in the fight against Islamic State?

View Results

View Related Story

Ads by Google