Plaid Cymru Member of Parliament for Arfon Hywel Williams and Member of the Senedd Siân Gwenllian have called for an urgent meeting with both the Welsh Government and the Managing Director of Northwood Hygiene, as the paper firm plans to close its long-established manufacturing facility in Penygroes with the loss of ninety four local jobs.
In a letter to Northwood Hygiene MD Peter Foy, Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian MS say they are dismayed at plans to close the converting factory despite 'unprecedented order levels' and staff working long hours to satisfy increased demand.
The local Plaid Cymru representatives have also written to Welsh Government Minister for the Economy Ken Skates to ascertain what practical steps he will take to support the local workforce in this increasingly uncertain situation.
Hywel Williams MP and Siân Gwenllian MS said,
'We were extremely dismayed to hear the news that the long-established manufacturing facility at Penygroes is set to close, resulting in the loss of ninety-four local jobs.'
'The company has rooted itself in the local community for many years so this news is a huge economic blow at a time when we can ill-afford to lose jobs.'
'New employment will be hard to find and over ninety local families will now be left to struggle on reduced incomes.'
'The company website says that they are a 'thriving' business, so news of the closure has come as a real shock to the area.'
'We also know that the factory was very busy at the beginning of the lock-down with 'unprecedented order levels' and staff at the Penygroes site working long hours to satisfy demand.'
'We therefore find it surprising that such a far-reaching and highly emotive decision has been taken at a time of such uncertainty and when the economic picture remains unclear.'
'It is incumbent on Northwood Hygiene to explain the reasons behind this decision. Every effort must be made to protect the skilled workforce in Penygroes, some of whom have given years of service to the company.'
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