South East Wales

67 jobs at A G Barr's Tredegar factory at risk

A soft drinks firm plans to shut one of its factories in Blaenau Gwent, putting 67 jobs at risk.

A G Barr is looking at closing a drinks carton plant in Tredegar at the end of January 2015 and switch production to Milton Keynes.

The firm said the decision followed a "comprehensive review of existing operations".

It said where possible staff in Tredegar would be offered the chance to relocate to Milton Keynes.

The move is expected to create 27 jobs in the Buckinghamshire town.

In a statement, the company said: "Having successfully completed a first phase of investment and following a comprehensive review of existing operations, it is proposed to invest in high speed carton production capability at Milton Keynes.

"A G Barr's current in-house carton capacity is located at its Tredegar site in Wales and, subject to employee consultation, it is proposed to close this site at the end of January 2015.

"There are currently 67 employees at the Tredegar factory who may be impacted by these proposals.

"The company will do everything possible to support those affected throughout the process. Where possible, employees will be offered the opportunity to relocate to Milton Keynes."

A G Barr is famous for brands such as Tizer and Irn Bru and has its headquarters in Scotland.

The company's factory in Tredegar is associated with the Rubicon range of fruit drinks.

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