Job fears after 40 years at Girvan-based Gentech

THERE is widespread fear that many families could be facing redundancies as a Girvan factory has announced possible job cuts.

Local politicians have expressed disappointment at the news that Girvan based Gentech has put its full workforce – more than 80 individuals – on notice of redundancy with a view to plant closure.

The company, which manufactures sensors for use in industries including agriculture, construction, recreation and food and drink, was bought by current owners Measurement Specialities Inc in 2011.

And less than two years on the company, which has its global headquarters in the USA, is “rationalising” its international manufacturing network with the intention of moving the Girvan business to another facility.

Talks are ongoing between the company and Scottish Enterprise, with a meeting having taken place on Wednesday, and the area’s MP and MSP are also due to meet with the company.

Carrick MSP Adam Ingram said he remained hopeful of “a positive outcome”. “We are not giving up hope,” he said.

Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock MP, Sandra Osborne, said: “This week’s news is a bitter blow to the area, and with the economy in its current state it couldn’t come at a worse time for the families affected.

“I am in contact with the company and will be meeting them next week. I hope that they can be persuaded to retain the Girvan plant or that some operations and jobs can be retained by other means.”

“I have also contacted Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire and South Ayrshire Council and will continue to do what I can to ensure that the workforce receives all the support and assistance required to move forward.”

Independent Councillor Alec Clark said: ”It’s a sad day and I hope that something can be done to salvage jobs from this situation. It is bad news for the whole of the town.

“I hope that the company will backtrack on some of the decisions it has made, that common sense will prevail, and that the talks this week have a positive outcome.”

SNP councillor Alec Oattes described the potential redundancies as a bitter blow for the loyal employees and their families.

“I understand that Scottish Enterprise and council officers are in talks in an attempt to help the situation, but it looks very grim for the employees and for the local area in the immediate foreseeable future,” he said.

Gentech have as yet declined to comment on potential redundancies or company changes.