New Year jobs blow for Sligo

The New Year is starting with a jobs blow for Sligo.

ProMinent Fluid Controls Limited is to close its plant in Sligo, which employs 24 people.
The ProMinent global group of companies is based in Heidelberg in Germany.

For more than 50 years, it has been a leading developer and manufacturer of components and systems for metering liquids and of solutions for water treatment and disinfection.

It has about 2,400 employees in more than 100 countries.

The company recently carried out an extensive review of its operations and has now drawn up plans to close its plant in Finisklin, in Sligo, this year, where it employs 24 people.

It says it hopes to reach agreement on potential redundancy packages at the earliest possible date.

But it has yet to work out many of the details pending consultation with staff and employee representatives.

The closure of ProMinent Fluid Controls is just the latest in jobs losses and business closures to hit the region.

Before Christmas, Union Food Distributors, based between Carraroe and Ballygawley in Sligo, closed after more than 40 years with the loss of about 20 jobs.

Meanwhile, small shops and other outlets continue to close throughout the region.

Toward the end of last year, Sligo emerged as the county with the highest rate of empty shops and offices in the country.

And when it came to towns in the country, Ballybofey in County Donegal topped the vacancy rate.