Calgary plant moving, hundreds of jobs lost

About 600 workers are losing their jobs as a U.S.-based furniture-maker closes its Calgary plant and consolidates its business in Michigan.

CALGARY — About 600 workers are losing their jobs as a U.S.-based furniture-maker closes its Calgary plant and consolidates its business in Michigan.

Haworth Inc. cites reduced transportation costs as one of the reasons.

A news release also says Haworth is expecting approval of a 13-year, $22-million tax incentive package offered by the state.

Alberta workers will be paid severance and the company will continue to operate an office and showroom in Calgary with about 100 staff.

Haworth, based in Holland, Mich., has been operating the Calgary factory since 2000, when it acquired SMED International.

The company also has a manufacturing operation in Quebec and a showroom in Toronto.

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