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Glencore to Permanently Close Brunswick Lead Smelter in Canada

Metal News - Published on Mon, 18 Nov 2019

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Glencore Canada Corporation announced the permanent closure of the Brunswick Lead Smelter in Belledune in New Brunswick. The decommissioning process will begin immediately and the smelter will cease all operations by the end of the year. Mr Chris Eskdale, Glencore's Head Zinc & Lead Assets, said "The decision to cease lead smelting operations at our Brunswick Smelter was a very difficult one. Despite years of efforts by committed employees and a strong management team, the smelter has been uneconomic since the closure of the Brunswick Mine in 2013. We have thoroughly assessed all our options and come to the unavoidable conclusion that the smelter is simply not sustainable, regardless of the recent labour dispute. I would like to express my gratitude to all Brunswick smelter employees, past and present, for their tremendous commitment and efforts over the many years of operations. We are fully committed to working closely with employees and unions as well as other community stakeholders to mitigate the impact as much as possible."

The Brunswick smelter opened in 1966 and employs approximately 420 people. All affected employees will be treated with fairness and respect through the closure process. Glencore intends to provide pension, severance and outplacement support services for all employees as part of closure settlements to be agreed on. The company is committed to meeting with union leadership to discuss an orderly transition to closure.

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Posted By : Rabi Wangkhem on Mon, 18 Nov 2019
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