Hamilton's National Steel Car to suspend operations


National Steel Car announced that they will be suspending all operations this week, affecting hundreds of workers in Hamilton.

In a notice posted to the company’s website on Wednesday (April 1), the manufacturer announced that they will “begin a systematic, orderly, suspension of operations with the cessation of fabrication and construction at the end of shifts on Friday, April 3, 2020.”

The manufacturer says that beyond that date, “all finishing and shipping operations will cease on or before April 17, 2020.”

The company employs approximately 2,000 people, their website says.

The closure and layoffs come as the government calls for all Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to be handed over to first responders and health-care workers who are battling COVID-19.

Because of these Governmental directives, we are unable to provide the PPE necessary for the safety of our employees working in our manufacturing operations,” the notice says.

National Steel Car says things will get up and running again when they’re able to secure enough PPE to ensure the safety of their employees.

Photo courtesy National Steel Car Facebook page

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