SAINTE-MARIE, QUE. —Vachon Bakery has halted production at its Sainte-Marie facility as it recovers from historic flooding that swept through Quebec.
According to the CBC, Saint-Marie regularly experiences high rainfall in the spring, but this year’s downpour surpassed normal levels, resulting in flood damage that cut electricity and stranded residents in the area.
With flood waters now receded, Bimbo Canada, Vachon’s owner, said more than 75 bakery employees and other Canadian associates are assessing damage and working to get the Saint-Marie facility up and running to resume pastry and cake production. Operations are scheduled to recommence in eight weeks if employee safety and quality assurance measures can be met.
“We deeply appreciate everyone who has supported us through this challenging time — our dedicated associates, our management team at the bakery, our customers, our loyal consumers, numerous public safety municipal, provincial and federal partners, and the Sainte-Marie community,” said Marie-Ève Royer, vice-president, national sales, Bimbo Canada. “We are committed to the community and appreciate the skills of our Sainte-Marie associates. We are a proud contributor to the local and regional economies and intend to remain so in the years to come.”
Over the next few days, Bimbo Canada will meet with Vachon employees to update them on the plant’s status and answer any questions they may have. In addition, the company said it is working with union representatives and the Canadian government to support personnel.
Bimbo Canada has partnered with the Red Cross to raise funds for those affected by the flooding and will be matching donations.