TORONTO — Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has closed its sausage plant in Hamilton, Ont., and shifted production to its new prepared-foods plant in Hamilton.

“We are in the final phase of completing a transformation of our prepared-meats network,” said Michael McCain, president and CEO. “This year, the focus is on shifting production to these new facilities, closing legacy plants, and realizing related cost and productivity gains. We are doing this in a way that is respectful of our people and provides them ongoing employment opportunities wherever possible. A low-cost, highly efficient network will provide a strong platform for growth and support Canada’s broader agri-food sector.”

The company said 213 employees will work at the new Heritage facility in Hamilton.