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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound MP, MPP Meet With Tenneco Officials

Owen Sound | by Matt Hermiz  

Larry Miller, Bill Walker say Tenneco committed to plan to leave Owen Sound

There doesn't appear to be any chance Tenneco will re-consider its decision to leave Owen Sound.

Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Conservative MP Larry Miller and Progressive Conservative MPP Bill Walker met with Tenneco officials late last week to learn more about the company's plan to close its Owen Sound manufacturing plant.

Miller says he wanted to find out if there was anything upper levels of government could have done to prevent Tenneco from leaving.

"The answer was 'no.' Their mind was made up. They were going no matter what," Miller says. "A lot of people think the government can step in and keep them. It wasn't the case when PPG left, and certainly wasn't the case here."

Nearly 500 jobs will be lost in the city once the plant fully closes by mid-2020.

Walker says Tenneco officials indicated the closure was a situation where the company had to much capacity.

"Regardless of incentives or any of that type of thing, they've made it very clear this is a decision that will go forward," Walker explains.

Miller says Tenneco officials did talk about some concerns with high electricity rates and the challenge of steel tariffs, but also stressed neither of those issues made the company decide to leave Owen Sound.

"Every industry in almost every town, at some point, they seem to have a life span," Miller says. "And when it's done, they go."

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