$46 Million Poultry Plant Good News for Nova Scotia CAW Members

July 22, 2010, 8:30 AM EST

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Plans for a $46 million chicken and turkey processing plant in Nova Scotia is a positive step towards getting CAW members back to work in the Annapolis valley.

CAW Local 2216 members who worked at ACA Co-operative poultry processing facility in Nova Scotia were left reeling by a decision to downsize the plant resulting in over 90 layoffs.

Plans were announced July 13 to build a new plant in the Kentville Industrial Park. The facility will be jointly owned by Maple Lodge Farms and a group of local farmers, processing chickens and turkeys raised in Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.
CAW Local 2216 President Dean Tupper said the announcement of the new state-of-the- art facility is a positive step toward getting many CAW members back to work.

"After some tough times and enormous uncertainty for our members this plant promises to bring a more stable work environment, while also creating more jobs in the local community," said Tupper. "Our members have made tremendous sacrifices to keep this industry alive in Nova Scotia," Tupper said.

"I want to thank the membership for their strong support of the bargaining
committee during this very tough round of negotiations,"  said CAW national representative Chad Johnston.

"The decisions they had to make while they were in the process of losing their jobs weren't easy for them or their families. It was our sincere hope that those tough decisions would help them secure a better future and this announcement is a step in the right direction," he said.



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