67 jobs threatened at Tredegar drinks factory

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SIXTY-SEVEN jobs at a soft drinks factory in Tredegar are under threat after the firm announced plans to close the site in 2015 and relocate to Milton Keynes.

The Scottish beverage manufacturer AG Barr, which makes Irn-Bru and Rubicon, is to relocate its carton production from a unit at Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate to its new factory in Buckinghamshire at the end of January 2015, subject to employee consultation.

The firm has already complete the first phase of investment at its Milton Keynes factory and, following a comprehensive review of existing operations, is proposing to invest in high speed carton production capability there.

The company said the £4m investment programme, including £2m of capital costs, will efficiently support current demand and provide future capacity and flexibility for this core packaging format, principally associated with the Rubicon and KA juice drink brands.

Up to 27 new jobs will be created in Milton Keynes as a result of this transfer.

A statement issued by A.G Barr said: "The company will do everything possible to support those affected throughout the process. Where possible, employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate to Milton Keynes." Further information on the financial impact of the proposals will be given at the conclusion of the consultation process.

Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies said he is disappointed by the decision and is calling for an urgent meeting with the company.

He said: "I am bitterly disappointed that such a big employer in Tredegar has decided to close its factory.

"The business has announced its multi-million expansion of its Milton Keynes plant at the detriment of its loyal Blaenau Gwent workforce.”

"I am trying to contact the company to set up an urgent meeting to see what can be done to help its employees whose years of valuable service have contributed to its prosperity.

"It's the hard work of these staff that have enabled AG Barr to expand and now they are being punished."

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4:12pm Tue 3 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

There's your real face of your Welsh economic recovery for you Carwyn.
Not massaged employment figures suggesting new jobs.
How many of those thousands that Labour have removed from the unemployment figures are actually the young people being used as slave labour by employees.
Take an apprentice on in your workplace and we'll pay his/her wages for 6 months and then the employer takes over.
Only the employer finds a fault with said apprentice after 6 months, gets rid and then says "please WAG, may i have another one. the last one didn't fit in and you will you pay for another 6 months won't you."
Take the thousands who are enjoying the many benefits of zero hours contracts, tenuously keeping their little toe in the job market through no fault of their own and off Carwyns unemployment statistics.
No wonder there was shock when Ms. Mordern announced 50% rise in employed people claiming housing benefit.
Labour have the foresight of a short person in tall grass.
It's the Welsh YTS all over again.
There's your real face of your Welsh economic recovery for you Carwyn. Not massaged employment figures suggesting new jobs. How many of those thousands that Labour have removed from the unemployment figures are actually the young people being used as slave labour by employees. Take an apprentice on in your workplace and we'll pay his/her wages for 6 months and then the employer takes over. Only the employer finds a fault with said apprentice after 6 months, gets rid and then says "please WAG, may i have another one. the last one didn't fit in and you will you pay for another 6 months won't you." Take the thousands who are enjoying the many benefits of zero hours contracts, tenuously keeping their little toe in the job market through no fault of their own and off Carwyns unemployment statistics. No wonder there was shock when Ms. Mordern announced 50% rise in employed people claiming housing benefit. Labour have the foresight of a short person in tall grass. It's the Welsh YTS all over again. landyman3030
  • Score: 22

5:46pm Tue 3 Jun 14

JanJenkins says...

Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs..
There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.
Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs.. There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable. JanJenkins
  • Score: 1

5:50pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Magor says...

Wales's advantage was lower wages than England,the South in particular.That is why they moved here.But now they can pay what they want even in Southern England and if the English wont work for £6 odd an hour,immigrants will.So no reason to be in Wales anymore.
Wales's advantage was lower wages than England,the South in particular.That is why they moved here.But now they can pay what they want even in Southern England and if the English wont work for £6 odd an hour,immigrants will.So no reason to be in Wales anymore. Magor
  • Score: 20

7:25pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Floppy backed says...

If I was a youngster in the Valleys - I would move away now. There is nothing here in Wales its economy is dwindling. The is nothing happening no construction on a scale, no real business' coming in. Suppose they all live up there hoping that this glossy race track will come to fruition - sorry guys it aint gonna happen - move now before the doom caves in.
If I was a youngster in the Valleys - I would move away now. There is nothing here in Wales its economy is dwindling. The is nothing happening no construction on a scale, no real business' coming in. Suppose they all live up there hoping that this glossy race track will come to fruition - sorry guys it aint gonna happen - move now before the doom caves in. Floppy backed
  • Score: 7

7:45pm Tue 3 Jun 14

DDDog1 says...

JanJenkins wrote:
Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs..
There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.
I don't understand why people are giving you minus rating when what you said is true,remember LG,for every person they employed the WDA paid them thirty thousand.
[quote][p][bold]JanJenkins[/bold] wrote: Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs.. There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.[/p][/quote]I don't understand why people are giving you minus rating when what you said is true,remember LG,for every person they employed the WDA paid them thirty thousand. DDDog1
  • Score: 8

9:31pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Mrs Moth says...

DDDog1 wrote:
JanJenkins wrote:
Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs..
There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.
I don't understand why people are giving you minus rating when what you said is true,remember LG,for every person they employed the WDA paid them thirty thousand.
Totally agree with you
[quote][p][bold]DDDog1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]JanJenkins[/bold] wrote: Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs.. There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.[/p][/quote]I don't understand why people are giving you minus rating when what you said is true,remember LG,for every person they employed the WDA paid them thirty thousand.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with you Mrs Moth
  • Score: 5

11:38pm Tue 3 Jun 14

gingertom says...

I agree with above Edwina has thrown money at pinewood who will probably wander off back to England when the grants end. Welsh businesses are get no help at all.
I agree with above Edwina has thrown money at pinewood who will probably wander off back to England when the grants end. Welsh businesses are get no help at all. gingertom
  • Score: 6

5:43pm Wed 4 Jun 14

landyman3030 says...

JanJenkins wrote:
Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs..
There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.
Exactly right. People don't like the truth. The companies that the WDA brought in were offered new factories free for so many years. When it came time to pay the companies laughed and said we are going to move to another area if you don't carry on with free rent.
In business circles it's commonly called "caught by the short and curlies ."
Rassau Industrial Estate was a gem. They couldn't build the units fast enough. Little points like having no businesses to move into them didn't stop the WDA from building more. We were refurbishing units after 5 years where the only tenants had been the sheep eating the insulation.
[quote][p][bold]JanJenkins[/bold] wrote: Its a case of which Council can bribe a company to come to an area with Rent Free Factory units or no Council tax for a couple of years, then they move on to the next area for the same perks . They say new jobs in Milton Keynes, its never new jobs, its the loss of 40 jobs.. There is no manufacturing going on in Wales anymore, just servicing the unemployed and the unemployable.[/p][/quote]Exactly right. People don't like the truth. The companies that the WDA brought in were offered new factories free for so many years. When it came time to pay the companies laughed and said we are going to move to another area if you don't carry on with free rent. In business circles it's commonly called "caught by the short and curlies ." Rassau Industrial Estate was a gem. They couldn't build the units fast enough. Little points like having no businesses to move into them didn't stop the WDA from building more. We were refurbishing units after 5 years where the only tenants had been the sheep eating the insulation. landyman3030
  • Score: 0

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