Closure of Ideal Furniture: the workers union seeks solutions

The Workers’ Union of the Meuble Idéal factory, located in Saint-Charles-de-Bellechasse, examines “all possible options to keep the plant in operation”.
In a press release on Wednesday, Unifor’s Quebec director, Renaud Gagné, says the employees were “shocked” to learn of the plant’s closure.

Mr. Gagné reminds us that other furniture factories near the closure or bankrupt have managed to be saved with the help and expertise of the Fonds de solidarité FTQ. “In the meantime, we are putting in place all the necessary resources to support the workers,” he said.

The management of Ideal Furniture announced the closure on Tuesday to its employees. According to the company’s general manager, Marc Godbout, the plant has seen its orders melt over the years. The plant was struggling to renew its customer base and deal with the lack of profitability. The closure will be effective in mid-September.

Ideal furniture was created in 1948 by Maurice Bélanger. The company was taken over by his sons Claude and Jean Bélanger in 1978 and employed more than 70 people. The factory specialized in the manufacture of bedroom furniture.

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