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Cheese packing factory closure will damage Wrexham economy, warns Unite

16 October 2013

The closure of First Milk’s Maelor cheese packing site near Wrexham could damage the local economy and starve it of much needed jobs warned Britain’s largest union Unite, today.

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The site’s closure with the loss of up to 231 jobs by the end of May 2014 follows Asda’s decision to move its business to another company. The supermarket chain accounts for 60% of the cheese packed at the facility prompting First Milk to conclude that the site is no longer viable.
Urging Asda to reconsider moving its business, Unite regional officer, Tony Brady, said: “The closure of the Maelor cheese packing site will starve the already depressed local economy of much needed jobs.
“We would urge Asda to think again about the social and economic consequences of its decision on Wrexham area and the betrayal of the people who have worked hard to make the site a success.
“Going forward we will be doing everything we can to support those who now face a future of uncertainty and work with the company to explore ways of keeping the site open and in business.”

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