The Canadian PressMarch 3, 2014 13:33
PICTOU, N.S. - Michelin Canada is phasing out production of small tires at its oldest Canadian factory, dealing a sharp economic blow to the economy of northern Nova Scotia.
The company said its decision, which will see about half of its 1,000 employees at its plant in Granton, N.S., laid off, is a response to a continuing shift towards larger tires in the North American car tire market combined with the limits of the facility.
"People are in shock," said Andy Thompson, the deputy warden of the Municipality of Pictou County. "You'll not replace those jobs that easily."