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CCL Industries closing its aerosol container factory in Penetanguishene, Ont.

The Canadian Press

TORONTO - CCL Industries Inc. (TSX:CCL.B) is closing its aerosol container factory in Penetanguishene, Ont., and moving production to Mexico and the United States.

The plant employs 170 people.

It was unclear how many of the employees might be able to find work elsewhere with the company.

The label and packaging company says it will begin winding down operations at the plant in the first part of next year and complete the shutdown no later than mid-2015.

The rising Canadian dollar and its distance from key customers hurt the operation about 150 kilometres north of Toronto.

CCL says the plant which exports everything it produces to the United States has been unprofitable since 2009.

"In addition to appropriate severance and other benefits, we will do our very best to help the 170 employees at the site develop their personal transition plans," CCL president and CEO Geoffrey Martin said in a release.

"Many of them have long tenure with CCL so early notice of the closure gives reasonable time to consider options."

The company said it will offer outplacement assistance and where possible transfers to other parts of its business including its expanding CCL Label and Avery operations in Toronto and Montreal.

CCL Industries employs about 9,700 people with 88 production facilities in 25 countries and corporate offices in Toronto and Framingham, Mass.