Stenek closing Amherst operation

Darrell
Darrell Cole
Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

13 jobs impacted in consolidation

Stenek is closing its Amherst distribution centre in April.

Stenek, in the Amherst and Area Industrial Park, is closing its doors in April as its parent company is consolidating its operation here with its warehouse-distribution centre in Dartmouth. The move affects 13 jobs.

AMHERST – The Amherst economy is set to take another hit after the president of TNG Canada confirmed Stenek will be closing its operation here in April.

“The Amherst operation is relocating to Dartmouth TNG DC, where we have available warehouse capacity in a building we build four years ago,” Peter Olson told Cumberlandnewsnow.com on Monday. “This move helps us balance out our real estate needs, fixed costs and improved logistics.

“In addition, we can better service our customers where the majority of their business is in the greater Halifax-Dartmouth region.”

Olson said the move affects 13 jobs in the Amherst area, although he said some of the affected employees are expected to move with their jobs.

Management team members are expected to work from home offices.

“We are proud to keep the jobs in Nova Scotia, our primary Atlantic Canada base of operations since 1908,” Olson said.

The Amherst facility, build at a cost of just over $2 million in 2005, is for sale.

Stenek started small opening in Springhill in the mid-1990s. Former owner Shannon Sears moved the company to Amherst in 1999 and set up shop in the former Canadian Tire space on Prince Arthur Street.

After the new facility was built in the industrial park, the company continued to operate an office supplies store in downtown Amherst until 2011.

Sears sold the company to TNG, a division of the Jim Pattison Group, in 2010.

Office Xperts closed downtown in September 2011.

Amherst Mayor Robert Small said he is disappointed in the decision, adding there wasn’t anything the town could do to prevent it.

“It’s tough to lose any jobs,” Small said after town council’s February committee-of-the-whole meeting on Monday. “It just seems that we get some good retail news in that Giant Tiger is showing faith in the community and then we get the setback that these jobs are leaving Amherst.

“I don’t blame companies for making the decision to move the business to closer to where the lion’s share of their customers are, it’s just unfortunate that we’re the ones on the losing end of it,” Small said.

The mayor said he, Community and Economic Development director Roger MacIsaac and CAO Greg Herrett are going to sit down and talk about last week’s Ivany report and evaluate what they can do to enhance development in the town.

“We need to find out what things we can over and above what we’re already doing to increase economic development in Amherst,” the mayor said.

darrell.cole@tc.tc

Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: TNG Canada, Canadian Tire, Jim Pattison Group Giant Tiger

Geographic location: Amherst, Dartmouth TNG DC, Halifax Dartmouth Nova Scotia Atlantic Canada Springhill Prince Arthur Street

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page

Comments

Comments

Recent comments

  • mark
    February 20, 2014 - 08:23

    as one of the affected employees of stenek I feel saddened of the state of affairs of the job market in amherst,all the young people are leaving to to find abetter life with a secure job,amherst has job.but most are part time low paying,how can people survive,as i am leaving my beloved town for dartnouth,with hopes of better things in the future for amherst

  • mark
    February 20, 2014 - 08:21

    as one of the affected employees of stenek I feel saddened of the state of affairs of the job market in amherst,all the young people are leaving to to find abetter life with a secure job,amherst has job.but most are part time low paying,how can people survive,as i am leaving my beloved town for dartnouth,with hopes of better things in the future for amherst

  • wondering
    February 19, 2014 - 22:42

    we all need to take a look at where our county is headed In the near future, ,and how are we all going to change it, if we can, if we don't figure it out soon, Cumberland county will only have ghost towns. all our young people are gone or are going to leave,they have no job opportunitys here..instead of looking to blame someone I hope that people start to speak up about ideas on how to turn our economy around

  • Reason
    February 19, 2014 - 20:47

    "The mayor said he, Community and Economic Development director Roger MacIsaac and CAO Greg Herrett are going to sit down and talk about last week’s Ivany report and evaluate what they can do to enhance development in the town." This is too funny, can I attend? A government committee discussing how they can enhance development using a report that points out government intervention hasn't helped economic development.

  • al
    February 19, 2014 - 14:04

    this is what I was warning about the last few years,,and expected,,and we can expect more,ahmerst,springhill and the rest of cumberland county are heading no where,,only from bad to worse and lots of empty talk and promises,,the best thing to do now to save whats left,,is to fire the mayors and their councils immediatly (most of them have good pensions ) and hire few qualified young people with their salaries to run the towns ,,we can not continue like this run this county in the old fashioned way,,depending on people who havde no idea what they are doing,,,,, one more thing,,i really suggest that we ask the province to take over ,,may be they can do something before we lose even our shirts,,tks

  • macpass
    February 19, 2014 - 09:41

    You people all make my laugh here in Amherst. You blame the Mayor and Council for everything but yet you same people either voted for them or never voted at all. If you want change then get out and vote or shut-up. Same goes for the conservatives everyone complains about them and rightly so but half of you voted for them and the other haf that could have removed them stayed home. The old boys club as you say has used these tatics for years. Piss off the voters enough and they will say frig with you I am staying home and not voting that is my way to show you my displeasure but that is what they want you to do not vote. If you want change they get out and vote and the next time there is an election in Amherst vote and get rid of the old boys club that has been there for far to many years. How about 3 men and 3 women for a change on town council or maybe even a women Mayor or at least someone below 65 years old with some new and fresh ideas outside the box.

  • Chris
    February 19, 2014 - 00:05

    This closure has nothing to do with Local Mayor or politics. The TNG Group owned by Jim Pattison is closing several locations. 183 Jobs lost in Richmond BC. People are not buying magazines like they used to. Look we all read this story online. We all have contributed to the change in our economy. We read online, use the self checkout at our favorite BIG BOX STORE then complain when our local friendly grocer is shut down. Time to wake up.

  • Dave
    February 18, 2014 - 18:17

    Why is everyone so upset with the Mayor we still have the disco lights and the little homes for elves . Give it some time and the companies will flock to Amherst to behold these wonders. I'm 55 I hope I live long enough to see it happen!!!!

  • wingman
    February 18, 2014 - 15:07

    How much of the taxpayers left with this company.

  • Mr. Chow
    February 18, 2014 - 09:45

    We'll let's think about this for a min because at the end of the day it is the government fault. The town has really done nothing to bring in new work to the town. I understand we are getting GT very soon but that in a min wage job. So with stenek moving well who can blame them if there is no companies in this town to support them. Also they had a big for sale sign in the front of there building for over a month really it was only a matter of time. Also with the town outsourcing a position that is in town hall to a company in Halifax we'll really what does that say. There is a large waste here in this town and yes this town is going the way of Oxford and Springhill. We are leading out our CAO to Springhill when then town should be worried about this town and not another town (sorry Springhill). For the work that I do I have to work out of province because my job is not in amherst. I see so many moving vans with people and families packing it in and moving out. Look at all the homes that are for sale or taken by the bank. I am sorry Spuddy but the people that run this town i.e. Small is at the end of the day responsible.

  • Jack on the Rocks
    February 18, 2014 - 09:38

    At Po'd taxpayer...get a life or better yet,run for mayor bigwheel..you think you could so much better..get over your big feelings..speaking of flunkies,say hi to your pals at Tims for me...

    • pissed off
      February 18, 2014 - 15:42

      lol jack, I work out west because there isn't any jobs here. since you brought up tims, that's all this town is going to be, welfare, and a place for you, gables. Its the mayor's job to protect jobs, people, town. sooner or later you wont need a mayor because there wont be much of a town left...

  • Doug P.
    February 18, 2014 - 09:01

    Mayors don't create and protect jobs. Only children and fools believe this. If elected officials create anything, it is burdens, problems and increasing confiscation onto the people they claim to represent and protect.

  • But...
    February 18, 2014 - 08:56

    No you can't blame the Mayor for a company that had no intention of staying. But the Mayor should accept full responsibility for the lack of focus on jobs and the economy and high taxes. He was more focused on sinking $1 Million plus into an old deprecated building that is now the current town hall with a few pretty doric columns instead of dealing with real issues. I would have rather seen him spend the million bucks going to conferences, expos, business trips to drum up and attract businesses. But then again this is just an old boys club. Same old. Voters taker note the next time you decide to re-elect this mayor who barely won by a slim margin

  • Spuddy
    February 18, 2014 - 08:27

    So when a company says it's moving to be closer to its core business in Halifax that makes it automatically the mayor's fault. I like your reasoning. Can you note the sarcasm? It appears the company had no intention of staying and there is nothing the mayor or council can do to change that. But, let's blame the mayor anyway. Your candidate lost...get over it.

    • pissed off
      February 18, 2014 - 15:35

      we have lost more jobs in Amherst since Small came in then before, wake up Spuddy. A lot of small stores, scotsburns. how many stores in the mall are empty. there is nothing here and its getting worse. I, like a lot of others have to work out west away from our families because of no work here, so ya blame the mayor, everyone should.

  • pissed off tax payer.
    February 18, 2014 - 01:22

    surprise, surprise. Another business gone from the Amherst area. Good job Small on keeping Amherst booming, as long as you and your flunkies get more raises. Your a joke and living in this town is becoming a joke. Another 3-5 years and there wont be anything here but retirement homes. Way to step up and keep the jobs here lol