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Torstar to close Metroland Distribution Centre in Smiths Falls

by | Jun 11, 2019 | Local News | 0 comments

Torstar Corporation plans to close its Metroland Media distribution centre in Smiths Falls.

Lake 88 has learned that 41 jobs will be lost effective July 4th, as “all mail room staff,” as the company refers to them, will be let go. The cuts are a mix of full and part-time positions.

Distribution operations will be moved to another existing plant in the province.

A spokesperson tells Lake 88 that the printing operations and other offices which includes editorial, sales and other functions, will remain in the town, in the main building on Lorne St. across from the distribution centre.  

The company laid off 79 distributing and publishing employees in January of last year after it sold off its Ottawa papers which were printed and assembled in Smiths Falls.

The spokesperson also says eight other jobs will be lost at Metroland in the town over the course of the summer. Those jobs will be in finance, classified sales, and ad services among others. More information on those job losses is forthcoming.

Torstar stressed it has no plans to discontinue the printing of the local papers that come out of the plant, notably the Smiths Falls Record News, Perth Courier and Carleton Place Almonte Canadian Gazette.

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