He says he saw recent signs suggesting the facility would be closing including cuts to production and consistent lay-offs. "It didn't look good," says Williams.
Still the closure today came as a shock to Williams.
"It feels like a death. The reality hasn't hit me yet. I'm going to miss a lot of my co-workers here. We had a good relationship and we had fun working here," he says.
At 49-years-old, Williams says he worries about how he will support his family. "I don't have much of a plan. The system doesn't cater to people of my age," he says.
Another employee, Rose Rufiange, has worked at the facility for 38 years.
"I'm very sad. I don't want to stay home and do nothing. I've been working since I was 15 years old," says Rufiange.
The company released a statement Tuesday night saying the nearly 50-year-old plant has reached the end of its "economic life."
The company statement goes on to say Old Dutch Foods has determined it's not feasible to renovate or open a new plant in the area.
The firm says Quebeckers will soon be supplied by Old Dutch Foods plants in other parts of Canada.Suggest a correction