BROCKVILLE – Today, Leeds-Grenville MPP Steve Clark released the following statement on the announcement Brockville’s Procter and Gamble plant will cease operations as early as 2020:
“My thoughts today are with the 480 employees and their families who are affected by this devastating announcement. The suddenness of the news and the uncertainty it has cast on their futures places an enormous strain on these families and our first commitment must be to ensure they have the supports they need to cope with that burden.
“I’m committed to working with the City of Brockville and Mayor David Henderson, MP Gord Brown, local economic development officials and the federal and provincial governments to explore every possibility of reversing the company’s regrettable decision to close a profitable plant.
“Today’s announcement is also yet another example of the crippling effect years of hydro rate increases under the Wynne government have had on Ontario’s manufacturing sector. Regardless of the tremendous work done by employees at the Brockville P&G plant, the soaring cost of electricity thanks to the mismanagement of the Wynne government undermined its competitiveness.
“P&G stated its Brockville production is moving to West Virginia where the average price of electricity for industrial users was 8.8 cents per kilowatt hour in 2016. In Ontario, that figure was approximately 13 cents.
“These 480 lost jobs in Brockville now join the more than 300,000 manufacturing-sector positions that have been wiped out on this government’s watch. P&G and other major manufacturers who have left the province like Heinz and Kellogg’s will continue to make products, but they aren’t doing it in Ontario.”