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Manufacturer relocates to West Bromwich

By James Pugh | West Bromwich | Business | Published:

A Welsh firm has shut its Anglesey factory and relocated to West Bromwich, with 40 jobs affected.

Staff at Marco Cable Management in Llangefni will be offered posts at the site in the Black Country, bosses have said.

The business, which was set up on Anglesey in 2003, is now part of the Akore group which manufactures steel wire cable trays and uPVC trunking.

A decline in the plastics market has been blamed for the relocation.

The move is expected to be completed by next March following a consultation.

A spokeswoman said market conditions meant it had no choice but to relocate to another site at West Bromwich following a review of its facilities.

"We realise that this is a very difficult time for our employees, and we will do everything we can to assist them," she said.

The company said a 30-day consultation with staff would begin on Friday.

"This is really disappointing news," said Paddy McNaught, from the Unite union, which represents some workers.

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"In reality, the chances of people wanting to up sticks and move their families to the West Midlands are very slim. So it seems inevitable that some people will lose their jobs."

Anglesey council leader Llinos Medi said the announcement was a severe blow to the island.

She said the authority would hold talks with the company to discuss ways to support the workforce and local suppliers.

James Pugh

By James Pugh
@JamesP_Star

Shropshire Star Business and Farming Editor.

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