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Heinz to layoff 600; impact on 3 Ontario plants unclear

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Company confirms 350 layoffs wil come from its headquarters in Pittsburgh

The Windsor Star is reporting that the H.J. Heinz Co. famed for its tomato ketchup and other food products is laying off about 600 employees.

The move comes after an historic deal seeing H.J. Heinz Co. acquired for $28 billion by an investment consortium headed by billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

It remains unclear how many of those layoffs will come from Canadian operations, but the company said 350 “office positions” will be eliminated from its Pittsburgh headquarters.

The company did not issue a release and has so far remained quiet on the plan.

The Windsor Star quotes Heinz Canada spokeswoman Joan Patterson as saying in an email that the company’s senior leadership team developed a new streamlined structure for Heinz North America.

Heinz Canada has been in operation since 1909, according to the company website, and employees about 1,200 people. It’s plant in Leamington, Ont. is the second largest Heinz plant globally. The company also operates plants in St. Mary’s, Ont. and Toronto.

Check back for more on this developing story.

Read the Windsor Star’s report: Heinz cutting 600 office jobs, impact in Leamington not clear.


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