SAINT JOHN, N.B.—Nearly half the hourly workers at the Moosehead Breweries Ltd. facility in Saint John, N.B. will be laid off next year, the company has announced.
The New Brunswick beer maker said the layoffs of about 70 hourly production employees will take effect at the end of June and are the result of the loss of a major brewing and packaging contract.
There are about 144 hourly employees working at the brewery.
Moosehead Breweries said some of the job cuts may come from retirements but that isn’t known yet.
Company president Andrew Oland said there is excess brewing capacity around the world and many brewers are choosing to produce their own beer in their own breweries.
Oland says Moosehead and the New Brunswick government are working together to provide support programs for those who will be laid off, including re-employment counselling and retraining.