Due to a lack of manpower, the Bell Group’s new $ 87 million plant in Sorrel-Tracy, which is responsible for producing all the mini babybells for Canada, could not operate at full capacity.
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“Lack of manpower is a serious challenge that hinders us in our development,” she agreed Journal Plant Director and Vice President of Operations Thierry Willard.
Currently, management is looking to open a night shift of 25 workers, but resumes are not raining. Consequence: The plant is running at 60% of its production capacity.
The initial target should be 100% by the end of 2020. Management now hopes to meet its needs by the fall.
The labor shortage will force employers to continue importing red mini babybells from France to meet Canadian demand. This means that even the dairy farmers here suffer from this condition.
The Bell Group in particular has Litter Chalifax as a partner.
“Our farmers will eventually be affected. We will continue to use European milk instead of Canadian milk. The race of talents is also affecting many other cheese dairies and dairies in Quebec,” Mr Violard said.
Currently, the Bell plant in Sorrel-Tracy produces about 70,000 liters of milk per day. She can double that amount.
The establishment employs approximately 130 people. It is the group’s only industrial facility in Canada. Management does not hide the fact that this situation can have significant financial impacts on the company.
“The factory is new. We know that the workforce challenge is important. We did our homework. We have worked hard to recruit and keep all possible tools to attract people, ”said Mr. Viallard, who employs fifteen foreign workers.
However, like many other entrepreneurs, he considers the steps to be taken to bring international brains to be complex. He had to wait nine months for some of his employees.
“Immigration processes are too long,” he said, condemning Mr Violard, who was recruited from Morocco, France and C కోట్te d’Ivoire. “Yes, we are still looking towards this avenue,” he said, not placing much hope on this option to solve its short-term problems.
The Bell Group is looking to fill the positions of operators, maintenance technicians and cheese makers, among other things.
Management acknowledged that a lack of manpower could slow down multinational future growth projects in Quebec.
“All investments in bringing new types of products here will definitely be studied in terms of labor shortages,” Mr. Vialard concluded.