After 33 years, it’s the end of the line at Colorama  gŏđŏ

Things were looking up for the compa- ny a few years back when Colorama was hailed as a forward-looking survivor. In 2004, the firm overhauled its machin- ery. “This bold strategy of expansion and renewal was primarily designed to fight back against the devastating effects of the newly signed trade agreements. It has pro- vided us with the proper tools and abilities to handle the most advanced and techno- logically complex fibres and materials,”Col- orama said then. It was described as Canada’s second old- est and most experienced dyeing and fin- ishing facility. In 2006, it was one of the largest pro- ducers of performance/protective fabrics, processing weekly 60,000 kilograms, or the equivalent of about 180,000 metres.

nomic storms over the last three decades, the last year has been particularly tough for the last remaining textile industry in town. “The reason is simple – we do not have enough customers,” said Katz, relating that Colorama could no longer tolerate foreign competition, especially those south of the border. “We no longer have enough cus- tomers to justify keeping the business go- ing. All of our customers have gone to the United States, because they are cheaper.” For the last year, Katz has been trying to sell the 85,000-square-foot plant. “We have received some offers but nothing serious,” he related. The asking price is $2,125,000. The Montréal resident said he will remain busy for the foreseeable future, overseeing the removal of equipment.


HAWKESBURY | One of the region’s lon- gest-established industries, Colorama Dyeing and Finishing Inc. in Hawkesbury, has closed its doors. Some 33 people lost their jobs when the fabric dyeing plant at 1400 Aberdeen St. shut down near the end of October, end- ing 33 years of operations. “It was a very sad day,” said owner Shalom Katz. “Some of the employees have been here since the start. Some had been here for all 33 years and worked here right up to the last day.”Al- though the firm has weathered many eco-

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û+( /ŏ/0+(!* The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police detachment is investigating the theft of a scaf- fold from a Wendover construction site. Constable Marc-André Desjardins was sent to the scene of the crime on Denis Street October 28. The investigation revealed that someone driving a dirty red pick-up truck took a green, yellow and red scaffold sometime between 10:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday October 27. % !*0/ŏ(! ŏ0+ŏ$.#!/ Impaired driving charges were laid after police responded to two accidents Novem- ber 3. Shortly after 12:30 a.m., Constables Pascal Boudreau and Francine Lévesque no- ticed a truck in the north side ditch of County Road 17 in Alfred-Plantagenet. While the vehicle had sustained extensive damage, the occupants were uninjured. The driver, Mitchell Robert Foster, 22, of Eldon Township, was charged with driving while his blood alcohol content was above the legal limit and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. The same night, shortly after 3 a.m., Constables Yan Faille and Danyk Lafrance responded to the scene of a single-vehicle accident on County Road 4 in Champlain Township. The driver of the vehicle was found walking outside her vehicle uninjured. Cheryl Grant, 48, of Grenville-sur-la-Rouge, was charged with impaired driving and dangerous operation of a vehicle. .þŏ/0+,ŏ!* /ŏ%*ŏ/!%61.! A traffic stop ended in a drug seizure October 30 when, shortly after 1:30 a.m., Constable Jonathan Bouchard intercepted a silver 2000 Pontiac Sunfire on Boulevard Du Chenail in Hawkesbury. Nancy Davidson, 34, of Hawkesbury, was charged with possession of mari- juana and breach of recognizance. The Hawkesbury Ontario Provincial Police (O.P.P.) detachment is seeking the public’s help in trying to find the two men who committed an armed robbery at a local business October 13. Shortly after 5 p.m., two men, with faces covered, entered the Fit Life Gym on County Road 17. Threatening an employee with a weapon, the thieves stole an undis- closed sum of money from the cash register and fled to the rear of the building. No one was injured. The O.P.P. Canine Unit assisted in the investigation where the track suggested the thieves had left in a vehicle that had been parked behind the gym. The first suspect is 18 to 30 years old, about 5’,8” tall, English-speaking, and was wearing black shoes, blue jeans and a black-hooded sweatshirt. The second suspect is 18 to 30 years of age, about six feet tall and was wearing grey/black jeans, beige boots and a blue-hooded sweatshirt. Anyone who would have seen any suspicious vehicles in that area that day or who would have any information about the robbery is asked to call Detective-Constable Alain Potvin at 613-632-2729 or 1-888-310-1122. .)! ŏ.+!./ŏ/+1#$0

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