Plant closing, 58 jobs lost

UPDATE: Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m. 

The president of Pattison Sign Group confirmed the company's Penticton manufacturer will be shutting down on Apr. 15, putting 58 people out of work.

Don Belanger said the plant on Waterloo Avenue is one of several locations being impacted by "restructuring" within the company.

He said the decision is a response to a "profoundly changing industry," in a statement issued to Castanet.

"This was not an easy decision to make and it weighed heavily on everyone involved in the strategic planning process," Belanger said.

"However, to better adapt to global trends, market fluctuations, and evolving client demands, we identified the need to realign our company’s operational infrastructure."

Belanger said the company has "put a range of resources in place to support our friends and colleagues, as we go through this challenging time."

ORIGINAL: Feb. 16, 4:35 p.m.

A major manufacturing plant in Penticton is closing down this spring, according to multiple employees and other sources

Staff at Pattison Sign Group, located at 165 Waterloo Avenue, were reportedly given notice on Thursday that the plant will be shut down as of Apr. 15.

One source said 58 people will be out of work due to the closure.

Another person familiar told Castanet the facility is moving its Penticton operation to the United States, but that has not been confirmed. 

The facility is one of three Pattison sign group locations in western Canada, with the other two located in Calgary and Vancouver according to the company's website.

No spokesperson for Pattison Sign Group was able to be reached for comment on Friday after multiple attempts throughout the day.

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