Cantech U.S. plant closing to protect Cornwall, Montreal jobs

In this June 2016 photo from Google Maps, cars are parked outside the Cantech plant on Rosemount Avenue in Cornwall, Ont. Cantech's Tennessee plant will close next year in a business decision to protect Canadian jobs, according to company officials. (Google Maps via Newswatch Group)

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — Intertape Polymer Group will close its Cantech Tennessee plant next year as part of a business decision to protect jobs within the rest of Cantech, including those in Cornwall.

Seventy workers at the Johnson City, Tenn. plant will be out of work in the first half of 2019, but the workforce of 2,800 employees elsewhere will be saved.

Cantech is based in Montreal and Sarasota County, Fla. and also has a plant in Cornwall. It was bought by Intertape last year in a $67 million deal.

Ross Marshall, spokesman for Intertape Polymer Group, told the Johnson City Press neither of the Cantech facilities in Canada will close.

There are 250 workers in Montreal and Cornwall (1400 Rosemount Avenue), where the plants make pressure-sensitive adhesive tape for industrial, construction and retail use.

The decision to close the 35-year-old Tennessee plant was not due to the Canada-U.S. tarriff spat, Marshall told the Press.