EMCC European Monitoring Centre on Change



Geographic Location

Country: Sweden
Region: Norrbottens län; Övre Norrland
Location of affected unit(s): Älvsbyn


Sector: Manufacturing
Manufacture of food products, beverages and tobacco products
10.71 - Manufacture of bread; manufacture of fresh pastry goods and cakes
Number Employed: 131

Employment Effects

Announcement Date: 02-09-2020
Planned Job Reductions min: 131
Planned Job Reductions max: 131
Type of Restructuring: Internal restructuring
Employment Effect Start: 02-09-2020

Additional Information

Polarbröd, a Swedish manufacturer of soft and hard flatbread has started co-operation negotiations as a result of an accidental fire in a factory in Älvsbyn, located in northern Sweden. The fire resulted in a total destruction of the building. In a press release, Polarbröd announces that it will take at least two years to rebuild the factory.  This may lead to a reduction of approximately 131 blue collar employees that were working at the affected factory. 

The board of Polarbröd, in cooperation with the Swedish public employment service and the municipality, seeks to find alternative solutions for the affected employees, inclunding enrolling employees in targeted education at home. Polarbröd  also hopes to be able to offer working opportunities at their other factories.

After the fire, the Government promised support for the small municipality with a population of 5,000 inhabitants, where the burnt down factory is located.