Province mum on Heinz deal

Company will be announcing tentative deal which will save jobs

The province's Economic Development Minister says he's not going to give any details on discussions his office has had with Heinz and potential investors.

But Eric Hoskins says his ministry is in regular contact with the company and potential investors.

On Tuesday, Newstalk 1010 learned Heinz will be making an announcement about an agreement in principle with a new supplier on Thursday which would keep the factory open for juice production.

After Heinz announce in November the plant would be closed this summer, there were worries the local economy in Leamington would have been devastated. Both 800 workers were expected to be laid off and tomato farmers would have been hit hard.

The tentative deal would save between 30-40 per cent of the workforce slated to be laid off.

The plant had already made juice - along with ketchup, baby food and beans.

Hoskins wouldn't say if any provincial money would be coming Heinz's way because of this tentative agreement.

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