Taylor Made Glass & Systems in Templemore
A Templemore manufacturer of tempered glass is to let go of some 15 workers in what is being described as a "devastating blow" to the to mid-Tipperary town.
Taylor Made Glass & Systems employ about 80 people, making glass products, windshields, windows and doors for a myriad of markets, including tractors.
It's understood 15 jobs will be axed, but local Councillor David Doran sounded a note of optimism by saying that many of the layoffs may be temporary.
Cllr Doran, who works nearby in Tipperary Glass, said he knew many of those involved and expressed solidarity for the affected employees. "We are neighbours." Taylor Made specialise in glass for tractors, and boats, in what is a "very specialised market," said Cllr Doran.
The company is reliant on international demand for exports of their glass products, and it's understood weak international demand may be behind the decision.
"It's a devastating blow to Templemore. But traditionally, Taylor Made have let go of people and taken them back again," said Cllr Doran.
Taylor Made Group first acquired the Templemore facility back in 1987. Over 25 years later, the operation "continues to enhance and expand upon those capabilities" states its website.
"It's the uncertainty," added Cllr Doran. "As co-workers, and as neighbours, it's devastating. It puts the spotlight on Templemore and Thurles - we need a big injection of employment." Cllr Doran called on the IDA and local TDs to focus their energy now on Templemore.