First Milk Closure Plan

17 Oct

David Jones, The Welsh secretary has said the potential closure of First Milk’s site near Wrexham is a ‘sobering reminder’ of the challenges facing the Welsh economy. Jones made his statement following the dairy company’s announcement that it is considering closing its Maelor cheese-packing facility by the end of May 2014.

The business, has up to 231 employees whose jobs are now at risk, promised to begin consultations with staff shortly. The proposed closure was triggered by the loss of a significant customer contract as posted yesterday.

It will be business as usual at the company’s creameries in Wales, England and Scotland, whilst a spokesman for First Milk said: “We very much regret the need to make the proposal to close our Maelor operation. We have a hard-working, loyal and committed workforce there and are aware of the impact that this news will have on them.

In response, Jones pledged the Wales Office would work closely with the Welsh Government to support workers, families and communities that may be affected.

He said: “This is a sobering reminder of the challenges the Welsh economy still faces. We need to ensure we maintain close relations with businesses on the ground in Wales, focus on retaining and creating jobs, and attracting new business opportunities across the country.”

A Welsh Government spokesman said: The Welsh Government will be meeting urgently with First Milk to examine all possible options to try to safeguard the future of the packing facility and the jobs at Maelor.”



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