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Thursday 17 April 2014

Almost 50 staff to lose jobs as Kepak meat processing factory closing

ALMOST 50 staff are to lose their jobs with the closure of a lamb slaughtering plant in the south east.

Meat processing giant, Kepak Group, has confirmed its abattoir at Hacketstown, Co Carlow is to close operations from March 6 next.

Concerns had been raised over the future of the plant in recent months as the company carried out a review of the operations.

The group confirmed it had discussed a number of options with its 49 staff but no commercially sustainable solution was found.

It confirmed that staff “willing to relocate” would be offered work at its other operations. The firm employs over 1700 people in its six Irish manufacturing sites and in its supporting sales and marketing functions.

“The Group regrets that this is the outcome not only for the staff and their families directly employed there but for the entire community of suppliers and associated service providers who have loyally supported the business over the past twenty seven years,” said a spokesman for the Kepak Group.

A number of the staff had been working a reduced week in recent years to try and keep the business viable.

The Group has seven other primary and secondary processing facilities in Ireland and will be offering alternative processing related employment at these sites to all staff who are willing to relocate.”

Farmers will be offered the option of sending lambs to its beef and lamb plant at Kepak in Athleague, Co Roscommon.

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