Finning Says P.G. Operation To Remain Open
Prince George, B.C.- Having announced its plans to close a number of its facilities across Canada, Finning International says the Prince George operation is not on the chopping block.
Although the company says it will “exit 11 facilities in Western Canada” Finning Communications Manager, Hillary Anaka tells 250News the company won’t be actually leaving any of the communities “We are just changing how we deliver service to our customers in those areas. I can tell you there is no change to the facility in Prince George.”
But the workforce reduction is another matter. “At the end of this year, we expect our Canadian workforce reduction to total approximately 1100” says Anaka “They are difficult decisions, but necessary ones given the challenging market conditions.” Finning’s overall workforce will have been reduced by 1900 by the end of this year.
She says the vast majority of what the company calls ” exits” have already taken place “And when it comes to a breakdown of numbers, we are not breaking down location by location on the exits, but I can tell you of those eleven hundred positions, 24% were in British Columbia.” She would not say if there are further layoffs expected at the Prince George Finning facility “All I can say is there are no facility changes there.”
In releasing its third quarter results earlier today, Finning International says the adjustments have been made to address ” an economic downturn.”