22 jobs lost in Westport as Skretting fish-feed plant closes
Twenty two jobs have been lost in Westport today. Workers at the Skretting Ireland plant, located at Roman Island at The Quay, were informed this morning that the plant is to close.
Production in the town no longer makes economic sense, according to the company’s managing director, Anthony Murphy, who indicated that operating costs in the Mayo town were almost twice that of any of Skretting’s other plants.
Fish feed for the Irish market will be produced in Skretting plants in Scotland and England in the future.
Local Fine Gael Deputy, Michael Ring, expressed his disappointment with the news, describing it as ‘a major blow for the town’.
“I understand the company will cease production by Christmas. I am deeply sorry to hear of the loss of these jobs for both the staff and their families. Every effort should be made to assist these employees in finding alternative work or to obtain retraining.
“This is another hit to Westport town and its surrounding areas. The loss of any jobs, no matter how small, will come as a hammer blow to the economy of the town.
Deputy Ring called on the IDA and Enterprise Ireland to redouble their efforts to try and direct investment to Westport for the creation of sustainable employment in this locality.
“The local Business and Technology Park in Westport is under utilised and other potential investors need to be attracted to locate there,” added Deputy Ring.
Skretting is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Nutreco feed group, which is listed on the stock exchange in the Netherlands. It produces 1.3 million tonnes of fish-feed annually. Skretting has approximately 1,300 employees in eleven countries.