Oct 7 2011 by Lisa Boyle, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
SCORES of jobs are to be axed at a meat factory.
Staff at Lynch Quality Meats in Drongan were told their jobs are at risk due to a downturn in trade.
The company hasn’t revealed how many jobs will go, but it’s thought that up to 100 may be affected.
The meat packing plant is the biggest employer in the village, which has suffered high unemployment since the demise of the mining industry.
A company statement said: “Lynch Quality Meats Ltd started in 2005 and has had five years of good growth supplying core beef range of chilled lines to the major discounters in the UK.
“Unfortunately the availability and supply of beef has become very difficult and unprofitable, this has made us decide to decrease our volume of core beef lines, coupled with the end of summer seasonal lines and seasonal staffing levels this will unfortunately result in some job losses.”
Bosses have now entered into a period of consultation with anxious staff.
The Drongan factory, which formerly traded as Glanbia Foods, went bust in 2004 leaving more than 120 workers without a job.
A year later Billy Lynch, whose family empire have built hundreds of houses in Ayrshire, bought over the factory.
They were granted £300,000 of government cash to kick start the business.
Within weeks, remedial work started at the site and scores of local jobs were snapped up.
In 2008, Lynch Quality Meats was shortlisted for two Ayrshire Business Excellence Awards, Potential Business Growth by Most Entrepreneurial Young Company and Business Growth Through Marketing and Sales.
But although things appear to have taken a turn for the worse, company bosses are hopeful for the future.
The statement went on: “On a brighter note we have added a pork range of products with support from one of the largest pork processors in Europe and are looking to develop this area going forward.
“We have already brought on board a new customer and are hoping to develop more added value lines in to the retail and food service markets.
“We are very confident that these changes will allow us to grow the business back to previous levels on a sound commercial basis.”