Gearing Up to Restart Production

Firefighters battle blaze at Bonduelle factory in Tecumseh on July 18, 2014. (Photo by Adelle Loiselle)

Some workers at the Bonduelle plant in Tecumseh could be heading back to work as early as Wednesday.

The vice president of operations says one-third of employees could go back on the canning line to can peas by Wednesday at noon as long as they don’t hit any roadblocks.

Robert Anderson says it could be another two weeks before any freezing operations continue. “It’s going to be a little bit long process because we have some logistics issues as far as getting product in and out of our process area because we used the frozen warehouses as the access and they’re no longer there and there is some obvious rubble in the way.”

All full-time employees who are put on temporary layoff will receive around 95% of their pay with a portion coming from Employment Insurance and Bonduelle topping off the rest. Anderson says it’s still unclear how much of the operations will continue but he expects two-thirds of the 200 full-time employees to be back to work within three weeks.