Nineteen manufacturing workers at Waterford Stanley in the City have left the factory for the final time this week, with a further 7 to lose their jobs in March
Waterford Stanley’s parent company, the US-based Middleby Corporation, announced that it would be outsourcing the manufacture of its cast iron heating stoves and cookers in May of this year.
The restructuring lead to an almost 60% reduction in staff at the Waterford facility.
This week saw production finish, with a number of manufacturing workers collecting their redundancy payments earlier today.
Speaking exclusively to WLR News, one of the workers said it was a sad day:
“I feel sad for Waterford because a lot of lads put a lot of effort into this place, they’re after busting themselves for this place….it’s sad for Waterford and South Kilkenny, there’s a lot of lads here from there.”
He says it was a great company to work for, but that workers weren’t represented politically:
“We didn’t get a lot of help from anyone… local TDs… we were told in May we were finishing up and here we are now and we never seen one TD, no-one and they all came out when it happened saying they were going to do things for Stanley”.