The Archer Daniels Midland flour mill in Medicine Hat, which employs 40 people, is scheduled to close at the end of May.
ADM spokesperson Jackie Anderson said the decision was made “after careful consideration as we look to optimize our milling operations.”
She said customers will continue to be served from the company’s larger mill in Calgary.
“We are encouraging the facility’s 40 employees to apply for jobs at other ADM locations and will provide severance packages, including outplacement services, to the individuals affected.”
Employees are members of the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1118, and the current contract expires this month. ADM’s latest quarterly report is due to be issued tomorrow.
The Medicine Hat mill is a landmark in the city’s central industrial area along Seven Person’s Creek. It began its life in 1912 as an Ogilvie facility. ADM purchased it in the 1990s.