Manner-Suomi; Länsi-Suomi; Pirkanmaa
Location of affected unit(s)
Sahalahti (Pirkanmaa)
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10.12 - Processing And Preserving Of Poultry Meat

130 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
19 October 2023
Employment effect (start)
1 January 2024
Foreseen end date
30 June 2024


The Finnish meat-processing company Atria has announced the closure of its poultry plant in Sahalahti (Pirkanmaa), as it will be moving poultry-related production to Nurmo (Etelä-Pohjanmaa). This closure is estimated to save Atria €5 million every year, and will leave all of the plant's 130 workers without work. The announcement came already in late 2022, when the cooperation negotiations had ended. The actual closure was scheduled for 2024 and will happen during the first part of the year.

According to the collective bargaining agreement for the meat sector in Finland, workers that have worked more than 12 years at the plant will be guaranteed wages by Atria for 6 months after the foreclosure announcement. Workers that have worked less than a year will be guaranteed 14 days of wages.

According to the company, all current employees at the plant will be offered an opportunity to move to Atria's other plants in Finland. A shop steward however commented on the offer, that quite few, probably less than 10, are likely to move.

Atria has a total of 3,700 employees in Finland.


  • 19 October 2023: Sahalahden broileritehtaan valot sammuvat keväällä – Atria ei kerro tarkkaa sulkemispäivää (www.maaseuduntulevaisuus.fi)
  • 18 November 2022: Yle (yle.fi)


Eurofound (2023), Atria, Relocation in Finland, factsheet number 200438, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/200438.