In May, Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced that its Brandon Co-op Feeds plant would be ending operations this month as part of the consolidating of feed production from six facilities in the prairies to three.
According to a spokesperson for FCL, that closure will take place this coming Tuesday when doors are closed to customers and the public.
At the time of May’s announcement it was said that ten employees will be effected at the Brandon feed mill. In response to a query on the status of those employees in late September a company spokesperson advised that some employees are retiring, some have found work outside of the Co-op Retailing System and others had yet to find positions. It was said that FCL will continue to work with local Co-ops in seeking opportunities for those employees.
Operations at a second plant in a Melfort, Saskatchewan were to wind down in August with a third plant in Edmonton to be transfered to Wetaskiwin Co-op.
When asked about the future for the site that currently houses the Brandon plant, the spokesperson advised that there has been interest in the site with options being assessed and no decision made as of now.
In May it was made clear that the decision to close the Brandon plant was not made by or connected to Brandon’s Heritage Co-op.