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Novartis to shut down Mississauga plant in new year, cut 300 jobs


December 13, 2013
By Linda Nguyen The Canadian Press

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Novartis AG is shutting down its Ciba Vision plant in Mississauga, Ont., in the new year, resulting in the loss of 300 jobs.

The Swiss-based drug company says the closure will be done in phases and be completed by the end of 2014.

The plant, which manufactures contact lens solution, has been in the suburb west of Toronto since the early 1980s. Once it’s closed, production will be transferred to a plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It’s important to note that 300 jobs are not moving to Texas,” said Mark Smithyes, head of government affairs and market access for Alcon Canada, a division of Novartis. “The production is being absorbed into our Fort Worth plant, but we’re not looking at hiring additional workers.”

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Smithyes said employees at the Ontario operation were told of the shutdown on November 4, and management is working to assist them through the transition. Novartis still has its head office and another plant in the Mississauga area.

He said the closure does not signal that the company is pulling out of Ontario.

“The reason for the closure is that we’re continuously reviewing and adapting our manufacturing to reflect the changing market dynamics and enhance our competitiveness,” Smithyes said. “We feel that by optimizing our global manufacturing operations, we can improve productivity, reduce the complexity and free up resources for reinvestment in growth areas of our business in future technologies.”