MONTREAL, July 18, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Bonduelle Canada confirms that a fire was reported in its Ontario Tecumseh plant around 2:00 am last night. There are no casualties registered.
Upon arrival on the site, Bonduelle Canada executives are schedule to meet with employees, security agencies and government authorities. The company fully cooperates with the inquiry conducted by local authorities.
Even though the cause of the incident has not been confirmed at this time, it seems that an electrical problem could be responsible. The nature and the magnitude of the damages remain to be determined. Once this evaluation is completed, Bonduelle will decide on the continuation of its activities.
It is too early to determine how and when the company will continue production. Bonduelle will take all necessary measures to minimize the impact of this tragedy on its employees and customers.
The Tecumseh plant is located in Ontario, and produces nearly 30,000 metric tons (33,069 tons, US) of frozen goods and 20,000 metric tons (22,046 tons, US) of canned goods mostly for its customer Green Giant for whom Bonduelle is the exclusive supplier in Canada. The site also plays a large role in product packaging and shipping.
The plant has 200 employees on permanent contracts, 450 seasonal employees and 110 farmers provide their goods to the plant, farming 7,000 hectares (17,297 acres) of farmland.
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