Poultry plant closure marks the end of an era
The €20 million a year poultry industry in Limerick,
Ireland, could be wiped out completely with the impending closure of a local
processing plant, which will result in the loss of more than 300 jobs.
The Castlemahon Food Products company (owned by O'Kane Poultry
been an economic hub for the region for more than 40 years, but now the High Court
has appointed a liquidator for the company after a
long period of unprofitable trading.
This move follows the company's unsuccessful attempts to restructure or
sell the business as a going concern and the withdrawal of banking facilities to
support the operations of the business.
The impending closure marks the end of a local industry which had
previously employed more than 550 workers and supported an additional 150 farmer
A company spokesman said: â€œThe directors of Castlemahon regret today's
actions, but this was unavoidable following sustained substantial losses.â€
The liquidator, Kieran Wallace of KPMG
told chicken suppliers to Castlemahon yesterday he
planned to keep it as a going concern for the next seven to 10 days and review
the situation at that point.
The business was producing more than 12 million oven-ready chickens and
turkeys a year.
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