Weather Shore Windows moves to St. John's

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The town of Trepassey is bracing for a major shock to its local economy as Weather Shore Windows announced it would be moving its manufacturing operations to St. John's.

The decision affects 15 jobs, which town councillor Rita Pennell said will reverberate through the small community.

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The town of Trepassey is bracing for a major shock to its local economy as Weather Shore Windows announced it would be moving its manufacturing operations to St. John's.

The decision affects 15 jobs, which town councillor Rita Pennell said will reverberate through the small community.

"Fifteen jobs in Trepassey is probably like 1,000 jobs somewhere else," she said.

In a one-page statement, the company said it was not an easy decision, but it was made in the long-term interest of the company.

"The Trepassey employees have been offered jobs in St. John's, as well as help with moving costs if they choose to make the shift. If not, they will be given severance pay.

The Trepassey manufacturing operation will be shut down June 12; Weather Shore Windows has been operating in the town since 1992.

Pennell said the decision blindsided the town, and people are angry that the company has chosen to leave.

"It was really a shocker; they never sat down with with the town or Trepassey Management Corp. who helped them set up here," she said. "They sent a fax at 5:30 Wednesday evening and told their employees (Thursday) morning that they were going to be laid off."

"He was a good employer over the years, but we were good to him too - Trepassey Management Corp.."

Pennell said the town has various incentives in place to attract companies, and Weather Shore Windows was the beneficiary of that, especially when they first set up shop there.

Pennell said she doesn't think it's realistic to expect workers to uproot and move to St. John's, since many of them are in their 40s and 50s, and own homes in Trepassey.

Organizations: Trepassey Management

Geographic location: St. John's, Trepassey

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  • Cathy
    July 02, 2010 - 13:34

    So what will the current staff do if they decide not to take the offer of monetary help to move to St. John's, with a job when they get there? Move to Alberta, cover the cost themselves and not have a job when they get there? Or stay home and go on welfare?

  • Taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:21

    So what was the reason for the companies move? St. John's has higher taxes, probably higher wages and higher cost to buy or rent a factory so it seems like a lose, lose.

  • Bas
    July 02, 2010 - 13:12

    Good move WSW...of course typical NL's will bicker about a good business decision and wouldn't think of thanking the business for staying in rural NL for 18 yrs while everybody else moved out. As for why the move, I suppose you think that shipping the materials from St. John's to Trepassey only to ship them back to St. John's makes great economic sense....great for the competition maybe oh and I bet that extra 4 hrs of transportation(up and back) is great for the environment too....get with the program folks..its called business.

  • Cathy
    July 01, 2010 - 20:24

    So what will the current staff do if they decide not to take the offer of monetary help to move to St. John's, with a job when they get there? Move to Alberta, cover the cost themselves and not have a job when they get there? Or stay home and go on welfare?

  • Taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:04

    So what was the reason for the companies move? St. John's has higher taxes, probably higher wages and higher cost to buy or rent a factory so it seems like a lose, lose.

  • Bas
    July 01, 2010 - 19:49

    Good move WSW...of course typical NL's will bicker about a good business decision and wouldn't think of thanking the business for staying in rural NL for 18 yrs while everybody else moved out. As for why the move, I suppose you think that shipping the materials from St. John's to Trepassey only to ship them back to St. John's makes great economic sense....great for the competition maybe oh and I bet that extra 4 hrs of transportation(up and back) is great for the environment too....get with the program folks..its called business.