Local politicians speak out over Marshall Aerospace closure of its Broughton site with possible loss of 126 staff
Marshall Aviation Services in Broughton has confirmed it intends to close, making 126 people redundant. The firm, which provides a range of services to the aviation industry, has said it is in a 45-day consultation period and plans to close around June 10.
Local politicians have spoken over the proposed closure.
Alyn and Deeside AM Carl Sargeant said:
I’m devastated to hear about Marshall Aviation Services’ plans to close in June making 126 people redundant.
It’s a massive blow to the local area to lose so many jobs, especially such highly-skilled jobs as these. My thoughts are with those affected by this announcement, and anyone involved is welcome to contact my office if I can offer any assistance.
I’ve written today to Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure Ken Skates to ask what support the Welsh Government can offer to constituents who will be adversely affected by Marhsall Aviation Services’s decision.
Mark Tami MP said:
This news has come at a time where the British aerospace industry as a whole, and even more so in the area, seemed to be on the up.
It therefore comes as a surprise that Marshall Aviation Services Ltd has begun consultation about the proposed closure. I will however work closely with the company and will be offering any assistance to ensure limited impact on the employees.
Marshall Aviation Services said the have faced changes in the market and with key customers and have continued to invest in the business, re-shaping and sizing the operation.
“Despite the commitment and focus of the team at Broughton, supported by Cambridge, these efforts have not resulted in sufficient sales to support the business and we have made significant losses in that business over the last three years.” the company has said in a statement.”
“Discussions with potential buyers for the business have not resulted in a sale and, therefore, we are now entering into a consultation period with a view to closing the business should no alternative come to light.”
“Up to 126 dedicated employees could be affected. Our focus remains on supporting our employees through this difficult period and ensuring that we continue to look after our customers” the statement says.”
Unite the Union has said;
We have received the devastating news that Marshall have decided to close their facility at Broughton.We are now in the 45 day consultation period.
We will use this time to work with our members and the company in an effort to save the business. Unite will do everything in its power to support our members during this difficult time.Unite recognises that the loss of these highly skilled roles would mean the virtual eradication of the Aircraft maintenance sector in North Wales.
Unite Wales – Marshalls Closure “Devastating News” for North East Wales pic.twitter.com/GFr4Q6yl8z
— UniteWales (@UniteWales) March 29, 2017
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