Jobs under threat at Ammanford warehouse after closure threat
MORE than 100 jobs could be at risk at an Ammanford warehouse if a new parent company is not found.
Dewhirst, a clothing company in Capel Hendre, Ammanford, could close later this year if another business fails to take it over.
A total of 114 staff will lose their jobs if the warehouse shuts.
The company, which manufactures clothes for high street store Marks and Spencer, uses the Capel Hendre site as a warehouse unit to store and check products made abroad before they are sent to shop floors.
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But the Ammanford premises could be closed as Marks and Spencer has announced it is looking to stop using the factory as a warehouse.
Marks and Spencer first announced it intended to reduce its dependency on external warehouses in 2010.
The news was broken to Dewhirst staff yesterday .
A 90-day consultation period will be launched on Friday and redundancies are expected to be announced later this year.
Paul Hollins, operations manager for Dewhirst ladieswear division, said the consultation was in very early days.
“The consultation is happening now and we are anticipating that we will have redundancies taking place between October and December this year.”
Mr Hollins said the factory closure was to do with a change in Marks and Spencer suppliers.
“We are trying to look for opportunities for other businesses to take the warehouse over.
“It is a first-class facility with a first- class workforce and we want to see if we can get someone else to take it over.”
Now politicians Jonathan Edwards MP and Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM are asking the Welsh Government and Carmarthenshire County Council to help promote the facilities at the Dewhirst warehouse with hopes of preventing its closure.
They said the business needed help to market the facility in order to find a new buyer for the site.