OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) announced a strike has been initiated today by the union representing 341 hourly employees at its salt mine in Goderich, Ontario. The company has implemented contingency operating procedures and expects to operate the mine at or near its planned operating rates for 2018. Currently, the company expects a minimal impact on salt production costs resulting from the strike.
“The company has been in negotiations with the union since early March with the goal of reaching a negotiated agreement that focuses on the safety of our employees and represents the mine’s current operational environment. While a quick end to the strike would be preferable, we have contingency plans in place that will allow us to continue operating the mine for the foreseeable future,” said Fran Malecha, Compass Minerals’ president and CEO. “We have invested to ensure the longevity of this mine’s operations for decades to come and to ensure quality employment opportunities for our current workers as well as the next generation. In addition, we are active supporters of the Goderich community through charitable contributions and partnerships with local organizations. We strongly believe our proposed offer will provide many more years of economic growth for the mine and the Goderich community.”
About Compass Minerals
Compass Minerals is a leading provider of essential minerals that solve nature’s challenges, including salt for winter roadway safety and other consumer, industrial and agricultural uses, and specialty plant nutrition minerals that improve the quality and yield of crops. Compass Minerals’ mission is to be the best essential minerals company by delivering where and when it matters. The company produces its minerals at locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Brazil and the U.K. For more information about Compass Minerals and its products, please visit www.compassminerals.com.
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