Windsor Salt plans expansions at 2 Windsor, Ont., mines

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

CBC News

A local salt mine will be expanding production in the months ahead, while another will be expanding the zone in which it operates.

Windsor Fine Salt will be increasing its production of refined salt by up to 30 per cent at its Prospect Avenue mine.

The company will need to fill four new positions as part of this expansion. The jobs pay about $33/hr.

The Ojibway salt mine is also expanding. It is planning to start digging further below the ground.

Union officials say this move will keep the mine in operation for another four decades.

Bill Wark, the president of Unifor Local 1959, said another generation of workers will thus be able to retire and gain employment at the mine.

The company will invest $50 million in the first phase of the expansion, according to the union.

No new jobs will be created at that time, but Wark said the current 230 positions will stay in place.

Clovis Cote, also with Unifor Local 1959, said the expansion will allow for another generation of employees to gain employment and eventually retire from work at the salt mine.

"We're very happy. There are some good jobs here going forward and there are here for a long time. There's lots of salt down there; another 100 years worth of salt, easy," he said. "Its definitely good for Windsor and Essex County."

K+S Windsor Salt Ltd., also known as Windsor Salt, is a part of Morton Salt Inc., located in Chicago, Illinois.

Calls to the local mines and to Windsor Salt headquarters in Pointe Claire, Que., were not returned.