BLAYNEY WORKERS FACE NEW YEAR JOBS THREAT

9 December 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By PATSY McARDLE
NINETY workers at a Mid-Monaghan meat processing plant face a grim New Year jobs’ threat—if a new buyer cannot be found for the industry which is based in Castleblayney.
It was announced during the week that following a review of its operations, due to the loss of a substantial amount of orders, Cargill’s Meat business has informed its employees that it is seeking a suitable buyer who would be prepared to take over the operation.
A spokesman said: “Our priority is to try to find a solution that will keep the facility running, but if we are unable to find one, or to reach agreement with a suitable buyer, then all production will potentially cease on Friday 24th February 2012”.
He said the Co. Monaghan-based plant underwent a major restructuring process last June to implement necessary changes to reduce the operation’s financial losses while all possible efforts were made to source new customers. “Although some new marketing opportunities were found, regrettably these have not provided sufficient production volumes and continued operations at the site are no longer economically viable”, the spokesman said.
The plant manager, Mr. Steve James added: “This is a disappointing decision for the business and for all our employees”.
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