Tyrone Crystal to shut down
Tyrone Crystal, whose glassware adorns mantelpieces the world over, is to close its factory in Dungannon with the loss of 31 jobs.
The announcement came after attempts to find a new buyer for the famous brand failed.
Crystal making tradition in Tyrone dates back more than two centuries and the factory has been trading for the last 40 years. But a global drop in demand for fine ornaments and vases has prompted the closure.
"The company and its management wish to take this opportunity to thank its loyal workforce for their valued contribution over the years and for their support during this difficult period," said a spokeswoman.
Sinn Fein Fermanagh and South Tyrone MP Michelle Gildernew expressed concerns for the staff at the Tyrone Crystal plant. She said the plant provided jobs, but also boosted the tourism industry of the area.
"Obviously this is a difficult and uncertain time for the workers and their families," she said.
"I spoke to some of the staff last night who are simply shell-shocked at the uncertainty of what is taking place."
Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) Assembly member Lord Morrow said Tyrone Crystal played a major part in the life of the constituency and said it would be missed.
"This is a blow to the local economy in the Dungannon area," he said. "I would urge the Minister for Employment and Learning to act quickly on this front."