30 Simpson Strongtie Jobs Raised in Dáil
Call for Every Effort to be Made to Find Buyer
Call for Special Pre-Budget Dáil Debate on Jobs Ideas
Call for both Jobs Ministers to Visit Kerry
Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry
Thursday, 27th September 2012.
KERRY Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin, has tonight (Thursday) called on Jobs Ministers to do everything possible to save the threatened 30 jobs at the Simpson Strongtie facility in Killorglin, in Mid-Kerry.
Speaking in the Dáil on a topical issues debate (Thursday – 7.50pm) Deputy Griffin
asked that that every effort would be made to find a new owner, preferably one that would safeguard the jobs at the facility.
The IDA were informed by Simpson Strongtie recently that the San Francisco based parent company have decided to exit the safety bolt market in Europe. They now plan to sell their European business interests in this sector which include the manufacturing plant in Killorglin. The plant will close by the end of 2012 with the loss of 30 jobs if a sale is not successfully concluded by then.
The facility has been in operation in Killorglin since being established by Liebig in 1970 and manufactures safety and anchor bolts used in the construction industry. In 2008, the business was acquired by Simpson Manufacturing. The construction downturn in recent years has led to the Killorglin facility being on a 3 day week for much of the past 3 years.
Deputy Griffin said that the loss of 30 jobs in a small town like Killorglin would be a very hard blow to the individuals and families involved, as well as the entire local community and economy.
He said that the situation in Killorglin is unfolding in the context of a much wider jobs crisis in Kerry and Ireland and called on the Jobs Ministers to visit Kerry to see good news jobs stories, bad news jobs stories and jobs opportunities first hand. Deputy Griffin also called for a special pre-budget Jobs debate in the Dáil that would invite job creation and retention ideas to be given real consideration from all members.
“With close to 450,000 on live register and thousand more abroad and unable to come home, more needs to be done to tackle the jobs crisis in Ireland. At the end of August, almost 16,000 people were signing on the live register across Kerry. This figure does not take into account the huge numbers of Kerry people, mostly young people, who have left our shores in recent years in search of work. The figure is also likely to rise in the coming months as seasonal staff in the tourism sector are laid off for the winter months.
“I have invited the Senior and Junior Jobs Ministers to visit Kerry as soon as possible to see first-hand, our positive, negative and potential jobs scenarios. I want these Ministers to acquaint themselves more with the situation in Kerry and want to ensure that our needs are catered for by national policy and agency work.
“I have also called for a special pre-budget Dáil debate on jobs, which would invite ideas on job creation from all members of the Dáil. I would hope that these proposals would all be seriously considered by the Ministers and their officials.
Deputy Griffin received assurances that everything would be done to try to safeguard the Simpson Strongtie jobs and that the invitation to the Ministers would be considered.