Nike -- Canadian, Eh?
HALIFAX (16 April 2004) -- Bauer Nike Hockey Inc. is
cutting more than 300 jobs as it closes a hockey stick factory in Cambridge
and a goalie equipment facility in Mississauga, which are both in Ontario.
It will also reduce staff at its skate and helmet manufacturing facility
in St. Jerome, Quebec. The anti-labour restructuring will cost the jobs
of 137 workers in Cambridge, 30 in Mississauga, and 154 in St. Jerome.
In a banal heartless statement that is being heard with
increasing frequency from industrial capitalists, Chris Zimmerman, president
and CEO of Bauer Nike Hockey, said earlier this year, "We recognize
that the realities of competitive manufacturing affect people and this
is clearly a difficult day for all of us."
so difficult for Nike apparently, as it will continue its sales operations
as usual using production from "sourced" companies around the
world including some within Canada. Bauer Nike Hockey, a subsidiary of
global conglomerate Nike Inc., holds about 19 per cent of the global market
for hockey equipment and apparel.
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