Protective fabrics maker Polymer Group is selling its Difco Performance Fabrics unit to TenCate Protective Fabrics Americas in a move that means operations at its Montreal offices and Magog manufacturing facility will finish by the autumn.

According to local media reports, 199 jobs will be axed as a result.

TenCate is buying all of Difco's brand names and other intellectual property associated with its protective fabrics products. The purchase will enable it to expand its position in the Canadian protective fabrics market and throughout North America, the company said.