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March 4, 2014

Press Release


As the dust settles on the devastating announcement of the loss of 500 jobs from Michelin Tires in Granton, the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce has stepped up to offer support to the company from the business community.

"After a preliminary discussion with the company, we have agreed to work more closely with the company and assist their employees in any way possible in the weeks and months ahead," said Chamber Executive Director Jack Kyte. "This is a community problem which impacts every citizen in one way or another and we want those impacted to know we will do what we can to help".

"With the loss of our regional development agency just one year ago, it seems many in the community are turning to the Chamber to fill the void", he said. "PRDA was instrumental in assisting the employees of Trenton Works transition back into the workplace when that operation closed several years ago and it may be that the Chamber can help in a similar way this time".

Mr. Kyte said he has been in touch with several local government agencies that are willing to work as a team to move forward in partnership with the Chamber. Of particular interest is helping Michelin implement their development program, which will provide low interest loans to small business and entrepreneurs. The expertise and experience of the business community can be a valuable resource for this program.

"The priority must be to help the families of the employees", he said.

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