Kamloops and Vernon Finning locations will stay, unknown if job cuts will hit locally

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THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - While Finning International announced another round of cuts the company says Southern Interior locations won’t be moving or amalgamating.

The company, which is the world's largest dealer for Caterpillar equipment, has bases in Canada, where it's headquartered in Vancouver, South America and Europe. The cuts, announced today, Nov. 12, are company-wide.

Hilary Anaka, with Finnng corporate relations, says 11 facilities in Western Canada will be affected by the change, but stresses the company will remain in all those communities.

“Today we announced we’ll be exiting 11 facilities. We’re not leaving any of those communities, just changing how we operate,” she says, adding some of the changing could mean amalgamating two locations within the city or moving to a different property.

Anaka says in B.C. there are two locations part of that list — Fort Nelson and Sparwood.

With exits will come a reduction in workforce. Ankara says 1,100 Canadian employees will be let go, 24 per cent of which are in British Columbia. Anaka will not say whether those cuts will affect the Kamloops and Vernon locations, noting the company will not release a breakdown of the reduction per community.

“Those were difficult decisions, but necessary due to the changing market,” Anaka says.

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