Sher-wood sends hockey-stick production to China
Sher-Wood, the legendary Quebec maker of hockey equipment, is moving what remains of its stick production to Asia.
The Sherbrooke-based company confirmed this week that it will shift manufacturing of its composite sticks to China this year. About 85 per cent of the company's products are already manufactured there.
About 40 people will lose their jobs as a result of the latest change.
Employee Jean-Roch Lemire, who has worked for Sher-Wood for 38 years, said he was told he will be out of a job July 7.
"Our arms just fell to the ground," he said, describing how employees reacted when they got the news.
Lemire said he knew something was going on because supplies were not being replaced, and machines were not being repaired.
110 jobs stay in Sherbrooke
Sher-wood marketing vice-president Eric Rodrigue said the company made the decision for economic reasons.
Rodrigue said 110 jobs will remain at the Sherbrooke facility, which will continue to be the company's headquarters.
"It will include the distribution centre and also the novelty division, where we silkscreen on hockey pucks, mini plastic sticks, water bottles," Rodrigue said. "It is an important division of our organization."
Custom-made sticks for NHL players, such as Paul Stastny of the Colorado Avalanche, will still be manufactured in Quebec until the end of the year.
Sher-wood will also continue outsourcing production of some of its wooden hockey sticks to a company in Victoriaville, Que.
Sher-wood has been making hockey sticks and other hockey equipment in Quebec for more than 60 years.