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Shocked workers told of job losses at lunchtime meeting

A KERRY business that has successfully operated for over 30 years is to close with the devastating loss of 210 jobs.

BorgWarner has been in business in Tralee since the late 1980s and has a long established and skilled workforce.

Shocked staff were informed at a lunchtime meeting today that the automotive manufacturing plant was shutting down and most of these jobs would be gone by the end of 2020. The plant is expected to close its doors by March 2021.

Kerry TD Deputy Pa Daly, said the focus now must be on these workers and their families, with every effort made to support them.

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“We must ensure they receive a fair redundancy package as well as retraining for future employment opportunities,” he told KillarneyToday.com.

The engineering company, based in the Monavalley Industrial Estate, has been a global product leader in clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric vehicles.

With manufacturing and technical facilities in 17 countries, the parent firm employed approximately 27,000 worldwide.

The primary reason for the closure decision is understood declining customer demand for the air heaters produced in Tralee and it is part of a series of adjustments by BorgWarner to adapt its cost structure in order to remain competitive.

A statement from the company said: “Today is a difficult day for everyone. This facility has been part of this community for over 30 years and the leadership team is very grateful to all BorgWarner Tralee employees for their dedication and contribution.”

It added: “The company is very aware of the local impact this decision has on Tralee and will actively engage with employees and local community representatives to support however possible.”

Just three years ago BorgWarner announced an €11.5 million investment in its Tralee factory and the creation of 50 new jobs.

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