FORTY jobs at Solway Steel in Creetown are under threat after Barr Limited announced a 30-day consultation period to consider closure of their steel fabrication branch.
A statement from the parent company - Barr Holdings - blames difficult trading conditions with the Scottish Construction Industry facing “unprecedented economic challenges” and says the closure of their branch at Killoch, Ayrshire is also being considered with the loss of a further 40 jobs.
A spokesman for Barr Limited added: “At a global level, manufacturing and fabrication have been especially hard hit over the past two years and this has resulted in the unfortunate but necessary requirement for us to conduct an operational review of the entire Solway Structural Steel business.
He added: “We have done everything possible to avoid this regrettable situation and will be consulting extensively with Solway Steel personnel and their representatives in the coming weeks.”
Local Labour politicians said the announcement of potential job cuts was “devastating news” for the employees and the area.
MP Russell Brown said he would hoped to meet with company bosses over the coming days.
He added: “This announcement would be awful at any time, but it hits even harder at this time of year.
“Solway Structural Steel is a big employer and if the workforce loses their jobs it will be a massive blow to the area.”
I want to ensure that all the government bodies are doing all they can to help the company and the workforce. Immediate targeted support for the construction sector is urgently required because this is a real tragedy for what was a strong business and follows the collapse of local construction firm R&D. Both Scottish and UK governments needs to be proactive and respond to this industry that is crying out for help.
“I have been in touch with the company and I am hopeful that I will be meeting a member of the senior management team. I have made the company aware that I am prepared to spare the time to sit down with the workforce to talk through any of their anxieties and concerns”.
In 2009, the company shed 30 jobs and more recently 12 were lost in November.