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Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has praised Ulster Carpet Mills as a leading innovator of manufacturing in Portadown, expressed her sadness and disappointment that the workforce is to be reduced by 70 jobs and pledged to work with the employer and employees in any way she can.

The DUP MP said,

"I am saddened to learn of that UCM has had to move to a redundancy phase. My thoughts are with all the employees and my office will be open to help those impacted in any way I can.

Ulster Carpet Mills put Portadown on the global map in terms of manufacturing with cutting edge technology and innovation in their sector. I know the team is focused on steering the company through this difficult time and ensuring there are brighter days ahead for the workforce in Portadown.”