NEARLY 150 workers could lose their jobs when a Flintshire factory shuts.
Brakes Creative Foods on Aber Park in Flint could be axed because of the “long-term decline” in the industry, it has been announced.
Community leaders say they are saddened and devastated at the thought of its closure, saying it will have an impact on the whole community.
In a statement Creative Foods company director Kevin Coles said: “Following an extensive review of our food manufacturing business, and in the context of a long-term decline in the wholesale frozen ready meals product category, we have identified that Creative Foods, in Flint, North Wales, may no longer a viable business.
“There is a proposal to close the Creative Foods factory and we have started a full and thorough consultation process, which we anticipate will reach a conclusion in May 2014.
“We will continue to make every effort to support our colleagues affected by the proposal, during this unsettling time.”
Flint councillor Alex Aldridge said its closure would have a huge impact on the town.
“This would be a big blow to the area,” he said. “It would be a huge loss.
“I just hope they can see a way through this and continue to provide employment in the area.
“It is critical to the individuals who work there so they can sustain their way of life.”
He added: “Not only could people lose their jobs, but we will lose their disposable income which they spend in the town.
“There will be an off spin and this will impact the whole community.”
“I’m devastated and saddened that a company that has been there for a while could close.”
Bagillt councillor Mike Reece said a lot of lives would feel the impact if the factory was to close.
He said he had spoken to one employee who received a redundancy letter yesterday from the company.
“This is all he has ever done,” said Cllr Reece. “There is not a lot of job opportunity about either.
“It’s closure would certainly be a blow to the area.”