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Packaging department leaving Ottawa facility

Transition results in net layoff of 30

Clover Technologies Group will consolidate its packaging operations to Mexico, resulting in the loss of 40 positions in the Ottawa facility.

Due to an expansion in Clover's distribution center, however, 10 of those employees will stay on with the company, meaning the facility is looking at a net layoff of 30 on June 1, as the numbers stand.

That number still could decrease, said Cheryl Terry, vice president of human resources at Clover, 4200 Columbus St., on the city's north end. The facility currently employs 350 people.

Distribution work is more physically demanding than in the packaging department, Terry said. Employees were given notice of the layoffs April 12.

The company has filed a petition with the U.S Department of Labor's Trade Adjustment Assistance Program, which provides a variety of benefits and training for workers adversely affected by foreign trade.

Terry said some employers in the Ottawa area have contacted her about offering opportunities to Clover's packaging team. She said she'll listen to anyone with positions to offer.

"We have a good, senior team," Terry said. "We'd like to end up with a different number than 30 in the end, or help them any way we can during this transition."

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