Since the March 3, 2014 announcement that approximately 500 jobs would be cut at Michelin, the company says they have been working closely with every affected Michelin Pictou County employee to determine various career options and next steps.
Michelin plant in Pictou County
"We continue to offer our employees opportunities to relocate and continue their Michelin careers with us at our two other Nova Scotia tire plants," a release from the company stated.
Over the last ten weeks, employees have met with human resources teams, retirement and pension planners and many have toured Michelin’s Bridgewater and Waterville sites to learn more about these communities.
The company estimates approximately 160 employees will relocate to the other two Nova Scotia sites, and approximately 200 will retire. Other employees are still considering various options available to them, which include moving to another position at the Pictou County site or severance.
Tire production will continue at the Michelin Pictou County site until June 30, 2015, when tire production will be reduced. Significant aspects of Michelin’s operations will remain at the site, including some high-performance tire production, tire membrane production and the existing rubber mixing operation, along with the company’s Canadian corporate offices.
"Along with relocating employees from Michelin Pictou County, we continue to have openings at Bridgewater and Waterville, and will be hiring up to 30 to 50 employees at these sites in coming months," the release stated.