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Friday, May 1, 2020

Tenneco In Owen Sound Stops Production Today

Owen Sound | by Claire McCormack  

About 140 people have worked in the facility during the past few weeks.

The Tenneco auto parts facility in Owen Sound officially stops production today (May 1).

Senior Manager of Global Communications for the company Mike Alzamora says there are approximately 140 people who have worked in the facility during the past few weeks.

Alzamora says starting next week, a smaller crew of about 30 people will handle the remaining duties to wind down the plant.

Mayor Ian Boddy says, "This is a sad day for Owen Sound when lose that many jobs and you lose a taxpayer that large. Luckily, up to COVID we've had lots of jobs and a very low unemployment rate."

Meanwhile, As for the future of the building, Mike Alzamora says "Tenneco is currently examining several options as to the future of the building and we will have a better idea of which direction we will go in a few weeks."

Tenneco has been in Owen Sound for four decades. When the closure of the plant was announced in October 2018, about 500 people worked there.

John Roberts, Tenneco's Vice President & General Manager for North America Ride Control says "Tenneco has enjoyed a fantastic 40-year relationship with the city of Owen Sound," adding, "While we are disappointed that we have to close the facility, I want to commend the entire team for the phenomenal job they've done during the ramp down of our operations.  During the last 18 months, our entire Owen Sound team remained committed to Tenneco and our customers, never compromising our production, our quality or the safety of the facility.  We wish the entire team nothing but the best in the future."

Through Employment Ontario, the YMCA of Grey Bruce was in the process of creating an 'Action Centre' at the Sydenham Campus to help employees leaving Tenneco to find new jobs and training.

COVID-19 has caused a delay in the physical opening of that Action Centre. There are some resources on the Centre's website.    

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