Metro Catering, known for serving hot lunches to plant workers in Windsor-Essex for 50 years, is having financial difficulties. ((CBC News))

Metro Catering has gone into receivership and workers are worried about their future.

The business that has brought hot lunches to plant workers around Windsor for almost 50 years has fallen prey to the weak economy.

Metro (Windsor) Enterprises Inc. went into receivership on November 30, according to bankruptcy documents. Last week, Metro Catering owner Ed Soulliere, who employs about 35 workers, transferred assets to his son Ryan Soulliere.

Union president Rick Laporte says Soulliere told him Metro has worked out deals with the bank and suppliers to keep the business going.

"The company carried a lot of debt, and the debt load has been unloaded," said Laporte. "So hopefully similar to Chrysler, hopefully they can restructure the company and we can only get better from here on in."

Metro's clientele has been transferred over to the new company, said Laporte, and he's hopeful that his members will continue working.

"He's working desperately, obviously, to restructure the company now," said Laporte.

Metro Catering workers recently changed their representation from the Teamsters to the CAW. Negotiations on a new contract are expected to begin in January.