Tasmanian Premier fails in bid to change mind of McCain

Posted by James Ferre on 27th November 2009

McCain Foods appears certain to continue with plans to close their vegetable processing plant in Smithton, Tasmania after a last-ditch bid by Tasmanian Premier David Bartlett to change the manufacturer’s mind failed.

Mr Bartlett met with McCain executives in Melbourne this morning and came away from the meeting resigned to the fact that the factory would close in November next year.

He has attempted to convince McCain to at least keep it open for a further year, but this remains unlikely.

McCain will at least spend $2.5 million upgrading their Smithton potato processing plant – which will remain open despite the closure of their vegetable processing facility in the same region.