Norge; Nord-Norge; Nordland
Location of affected unit(s)
Bodø, Brønnøysund, Mosjøen
Manufacture Of Food And Beverage
Manufacture Of Food Products
10 - Manufacture of food products

183 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
20 August 2008
Employment effect (start)
1 June 2008
Foreseen end date


Nortura, a group organized as a cooperative, producing meat and eggs, has cut 183 jobs by closing 3 plants in Bodø, Mosjøen and Brønnøysund. The group, as part of ongoing restructuring, decided in 2006 to build a new production plant in Nordland country, replacing the three smaller plants in Bodø, Mosjøen and Brønnøysund. This plant was officially opened in August 2008 and the number of employees has now been reduced from 270 to 83 (plus 70 temporary workers during high season). 50 of the employees come from the closed plant in Mosjøen.

The union leader in Nortura, Bjørn Tore Kyllo, said at the opening that he had mixed feelings. The new plant secured the future employment of the remaining workers, but many had to leave because of the restructuring. Nothing was said about what happened with the employees at the plants in Bodø and Sandnessjøen.

The Nortura BA group is a cooperative organization owned by approximately 31,000 farmers and is a result of the merger between Gilde Norsk Kjøtt BA and Prior Norge BA in 2007. The group has 41 production facilities in 17 counties in Norway.


  • 19 October 2006: Nationen
  • 23 May 2008: NRK Nordland
  • 26 August 2008: Fri fagbevegelse


Eurofound (2008), Nortura, Closure in Norway, factsheet number 67008, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/67008.