Good news coming for laid-off Heinz workers in Ontario?

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Dan Brown, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

LONDON -- Reports a partial rescue could be in the works for hundreds of doomed Heinz employees in Leamington, Ont., left the town's mayor saying little Tuesday.

Asked about the reports, Mayor John Paterson declined to dispel them.

"I have not been given any kind of formal comment from anyone on what is proposed to be happening on Thursday," he said.

Paterson said his office has been trying to find a group with a business plan to take over the plant, working in coordination with the provincial and federal governments.

"We've all been working very closely with a number of groups," Paterson said.

Heinz announced last year it will close its Leamington plant June 27, with layoffs starting in May. The plant employs 740 people.

According to unconfirmed reports, the plant is going to be repurposed to supply the components for tomato juice for Heinz. About half the workers would keep their jobs.


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