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DeFehr Furniture Closing Two Plants In Canada

Company is closing two of its three furniture plants in Manitoba; between 80 to 85 workers will lose their jobs.

WINNIPEG (CP) -- DeFehr furniture is closing two of its three furniture manufacturing plants in Manitoba.

Between 80 and 85 people will lose their jobs.

President and CEO Andrew DeFehr says the company has suffered from a high Canadian dollar and a struggling housing market in the United States.

The Logic Division plants on Pandora Avenue in Winnipeg and in Morden will be closed.

All 65 employees in Morden will be out of work, but only between 15 and 20 from Pandora Avenue are expected to lose their jobs.

The other 200 workers from that plant will be moved to the plant in East Kildonan where operations will be consolidated.

"Over the course of the last year or two, the Canadian currency has gone from 82 cents to about $1.10," DeFehr said. "That change made it impossible to be competitive selling our product into the United States."

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