* Production to wind down starting May
* Closure costs seen at C$12.1 mln
WINNIPEG, Manitoba Feb 1 Maple Leaf Foods
(MFI.TO) said on Tuesday that it will close its prepared meats
plant in Surrey, British Columbia, as the Canadian company
carries out a plan to close some facilities and modernize
others to better compete with U.S. rivals.
The Surrey plant, which produces ham, sliced meats, sausage
and deli products, will gradually wind down operations starting
in May and close at the end of September.
Maple Leaf said it will consolidate production at its
plants in Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario after making
The closure will affect 165 employees who will receive
severance, Maple Leaf said.
Closure costs, including severance, decommissioning and
asset writedowns, will amount to about C$12.1 million ($12.2
million) before tax, the company said.
(Reporting by Rod Nickel; editing by Rob Wilson)