First Milk plant closure proposed following cheese contract loss

By Mark ASTLEY contact

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First Milk proposes plant proposed following cheese contract loss
British dairy processor First Milk has announced plans to close its Maelor cheese packing facility near Wrexham in Wales following the loss of a “significant customer contract.”

First Milk informed staff of the proposed closure following a strategic review of the site, which found it was no longer economically viable for the facility to remain operational.

The proposed closure, which has been penciled in for the end of May 2014, could affect up to 231 employees, First Milk said in a statement. A consultation period with employees and their trade union representatives will begin shortly, it added.

“We very much regret the need to make the proposal to close our Maelor operation,”​ said a spokesperson for First Milk.

“We have a hard-working, loyal and committed workforce there and we are aware of the impact that this news will have on them. We will of course seek to provide those potentially affected with every support and address ways in which the impact of the proposals can be reduced.”

“We have already briefed the Trade Unions at national and local level and have committed to work closely and constructively with them over the coming weeks and months,"​ the spokesperson added.

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