AM vows to fight Tredegar factory closure

BLAENAU Gwent’s AM has vowed to try to persuade a Tredegar company not to close.

Last month, it was revealed 67 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.

AG Barr is based at Tafarnaubach Industrial Estate. In June it announced its intention to close the plant.

The Scottish beverage manufacturer, which makes Irn-Bru and Rubicon, wants to relocate its carton production to a new factory in Buckinghamshire at the end of January 2015, subject to employee consultation.

The firm has completed 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.

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

A statement issued by AG 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 end of the consultation.

At the time Blaenau Gwent AM Alun Davies said he was ‘disappointed’ by the decision and called for a meeting with the firm.

Last week, Mr Davies met company bosses to talk over the reasons for the closure.

Mr Davies said: “I had a positive conversation with AG Barr recently to talk over the reasons behind its relocation plan.

“I am speaking to the Welsh Government about what help and support could be offered to persuade the company to make the investments they require and to stay in Tredegar. “

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