Welland's mayor reacts to Welland Forge closure

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Welland's mayor calls the latest business closure in the city 'devastating.'

Mayor Frank Campion says 56 jobs were lost when the Welland Forge closed its doors yesterday after losing 65 percent of their business to overseas companies.

"The other market forces were more critical to the situation than the pandemic. Pandemic certainly didn't help but they had one major customer leave for offshore opportunities to purchase, and that's kind of part of the global economy that we're living in."

Campion says Welland Forge's Vice President called him yesterday morning to fill him in on the details and says the city is trying to work on solutions for the former employees who are now out of work.

Campion believes that given the circumstances surrounding this closure, it is a 'one-off' but notes, "Based on the concept of including the pandemic as part of the problem, I think that's meaningful to medium-sized businesses. They can be extremely vulnerable due to the pandemic."

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