Following the announced closure of the Cooper-Standard plant in Glencoe, Ont., the area's mayor, Allan Mayhew, is encouraging new investment in the region, pointing to its "competitively priced footprint, a transportation network that connects to three US border crossings, and access to skilled trades." PHOTO courtesy Cooper-Standard.
The Ontario government will spend $272,165 on a new employment action centre to help the 116 manufacturing workers impacted by the closure of the Cooper-Standard plant get the services and training they need to find new jobs.
“Ontario’s workers are the backbone of our economy and we want to ensure no one is left behind,” said David Piccini, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “Our government is proud to give a hand-up to workers in Glencoe.”
Working in partnership with Unifor National and Unifor Local 27, the Cooper-Standard Action Centre will work with community partners to provide a variety of supports and services to the technicians, support staff, assembly line staff, and skilled trades workers who have lost their jobs. These supports include short term training for in-demand jobs, literacy and essential skills training, budgeting and financial training as well as mental health supports. The action centre will also be hosting a job fair in the community to connect employers and workers.
“It was with great regret that we were given the news of Cooper-Standard closing,” said Brian Chapman, President Unifor Local 27. “This workplace has played an important role not only within Local 27 but also within the Glencoe community, providing good paying jobs for decades. Clearly, we would very much prefer that we were talking about adding new product to this plant. Unfortunately, that is not the case, so we are very happy that the government has stepped up and will be assisting these workers in finding their way forward to a successful future.”
Allan Mayhew, Mayor of Southwest Middlesex pointed out that the employees of Cooper-Standard have been awarded with some of the best quality control recognitions in the automotive industry. He said small communities like Glencoe are big on skilled workers and loyal employees and encouraged the manufacturing community to consider the positive experience that will await new investment in the municipality.
“A premium industrial facility awaits inspection in a progressive community. Glencoe is the hub of commercial and industrial property in our region. A competitively priced footprint, a transportation network that connects you to three US border crossings, access to skilled trades, health, and childcare facilities,” Mayhew said.