A representative for Chemours Canada Company confirmed the company will close its Maitland plant later this year because the chemical it produces will soon be prohibited in Canada and the United States.
“As of January 1, 2020, the Montreal Protocol establishes that (equipment) using HCFC-123 refrigerant may no longer be sold in the United States and Canada, among other countries.”
“With diminishing volume demand for HCFC-123, Chemours can no longer produce this product cost-effectively,” Scarborough said.
The closure means production will cease on Oct. 31, the employees’ union said. The wind-down will continue until most workers are laid off on Dec. 31, 2018.
Four divisions operating at the Maitland Site have closed since 2004, draining hundreds of good high-paying jobs from the small Ontario community, the union said.
The 37 employees at the site will be eligible for severance benefits and a retention incentive, Scarborough said, and “a few employees will be deployed to other positions in Chemours.”