In operation for 73 years, the VKI Technologies plant located on 2nd Street, in the Arr. de Saint-Hubert, will close its doors on December 18, resulting in the loss of 50 jobs.
“As part of our efforts to create an efficient supply chain, we are integrating our VKI Technologies division into the global Keurig Dr Pepper Devices business unit,” Southern Mail Senior Director of Corporate Communications and Sustainability Cynthia Shanks. With this transition, we had to make some tough decisions; we are reducing the team by around 50 positions, and redeploying more than 20 employees across our company. ”
The twenty or so employees should be redeployed to the Montreal facilities of Keurig Dr Pepper Canada. Production will be relocated to Asia, at the company’s various sites.
“We will provide support to employees during their transition and treat them with the highest level of dignity, respect and fairness,” says Shanks.
The plant for the manufacture of commercial coffee makers in the arr. de Saint-Hubert opened in 1947 under the name Vendking International. Its founder, Manitoban Alain King, is said to have invented the very first single-serve brewer in 1967.
Van Houtte acquired VKI in 1997. The integration of the plant within Keurig Dr Pepper – then GMCR Canada – took place in 2010. In 2018, the multinational Keurig Green Mountain spent US $ 21 billion to build acquisition of Dr Pepper Snapple. The German group JAB Holding, which is the main shareholder of Keurig Dr Pepper, is headquartered in Luxembourg.
For now, no information is available on the future of the building that houses the factory.