Lennox International Inc. announced in December that its manufacturing facility in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, would close in early 2002. Lennox will continue to operate a hearth products manufacturing facility in Qu¿c. The Qu¿c plant was not affected by this announcement.

The closure affects about 300 manufacturing-related jobs. Susan Herndon, President, Lennox Hearth Products, said approximately 50 customer service and sales employees will remain at the Etobicoke site where a new fireplace distribution center will be established.

Lennox operates 60 air conditioning and heating retail sales and service centers that have been acquired since 1998, as well as customer service center and various sales offices across Canada. Lennox will still employ approximately 1,700 employees in Canada.