Ninety employees from the fire-hit Real Crisp factory in Crumlin have been made redundant, the boss of its parent company has revealed.
Just 30 workers from 120 remain at the company, working at different sites, after an arson attack in September destroyed the factory.
Parent company Tayto Group said 80 people were let go in October with a further ten at the end of this year. The boss if the Northern Ireland-based company, Paul Allen, said the Pen-Y-Fan Industrial Estate factory could re-open but that it was a “long and complicated” process.
Mr Allen said the ten employees leaving no longer wanted to continue travelling so far from home and so will be leaving the company at the end of the year.
He said: “We were very grateful that no one was hurt in this fire, but it is really devastating for the people who have been made redundant, especially coming up to Christmas.
“We have tried to keep on as many of our employees as possible, some are travelling across to do shifts at our premises in Northern Ireland and others are still working locally. We have taken offices for six months near to the site of the old factory and we are trying to keep as many of the team together as we can. We have guaranteed work for all of these remaining employees, for the foreseeable future.”