The Windsor Essex Economic Development Corporation has formed a special response team to deal with the closure of the Leamington Heinz plant.

The corporation is trying to find alternate opportunities and government support for all businesses affected by the closure of the plant.

Last week, H. J. Heinz Co. announced it would close the 104-year-old plant in mid-2014. The move will put 740 full-time employees out of work and have a ripple effect through the local agriculture sector.

The economic development corporation said that besides tomato growers, businesses specializing in logistics, packaging, warehousing, green house crops and research will be affected by the closure.

The corporation will develop a complete list of suppliers and companies affected. They will then be contacted for additional information by the response team made up of key members from Windsor-Essex and Chatham-Kent regions.