115 jobs are to be lost in Ballinasloe after a major manufacturing firm has confirmed it is closing its facility.
Aptar announced earlier this year that it was to begin a review of operations in the east Galway area.
This afternoon the company has confirmed it is to cease production by December, with industrial equipment being transferred to other Aptar global sites between September and November.
The company has also confirmed that despite employees presenting alternatives for the site, it did not meet Aptar’s criteria
It also says it will “assist the employees who will be affected, including extended healthcare insurance, re-training and outplacement support.”
The full company statement is below:
The legal consultation procedure concerning the proposed closure of the Aptar Ballinasloe production facility has been finalized. While the Employees Representatives have presented an alternative to this Project, it did not meet the criteria set for the rationale of the Project which is focused on making necessary changes to account for changing market conditions and competitive challenges.
Therefore, the Ballinasloe plant will be closed by year end with the transfer of the machinery occurring during the months of September to November 2020.
Aptar management do not take these decisions lightly and will uphold our core values and treat all employees with dignity and respect as we support them through this difficult change.
Aptar will meet the requests of the Employee Representatives concerning the social measures to assist the employees who will be affected, including extended healthcare insurance, re-training and outplacement support. We are committed to giving employees all the possible means to help them find new employment.