Upper Bann representatives express concern at Glen Dimplex redundancies

DUP Upper Bann representatives DUP representatives have expressed their concern at news of redundancies at Glen Dimplex in Portadown. It follows news from the company which will impact jobs in the area.

By Carla Lockhart MP

Upper Bann

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Local MP Carla Lockhart said, “This is a devastating blow for those who today received notification of redundancy. With the potential of 200 job losses it will undoubtedly have a major impact on many local families and indeed the local economy.

Glen Dimplex has been part of the fabric of the Portadown area for many years and is known internationally for is expertise in heating, ventilation, flame, precision cooling and customer appliances. Many of the staff are long serving employees with many having secured employment and remained for the duration of their career. We believe that some of the roles will be transitioned to the Newry plant which we are encouraged by, however we want to see the retention of the Portadown facility and a commitment to invest in this area.”

Diane Dodds MLA added, “I trust that every effort will be made to re-deploy the staff and to support them along this difficult path. We will be writing to the Economy Minister to see what investment can be made to cover the loss of these jobs and ensure a speedy re-employment of this talent.

For those who are affected, we have offices in Banbridge, Portadown and Lurgan. Our door is always open with regards navigating the jobs and benefits options. We have made representation to the company concerning the Portadown footprint and the need to retain it.”

Jonathan Buckley MLA concluded, “Upper Bann has a large business base many of whom in recent days have experienced growth and expansion it is disappointing to hear of this bad news story and our thoughts are very much with the those involved and their families. With the continued cost of living pressures we can only imagine the blow that this is to many. Support and help is out there so never hesitate to get in touch.”

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