Basta in Tubbercurry aiming to secure its long-term future

A Sligo/Leitrim TD has called for every support to be given to a long-time employer in Tubbercurry that is now fighting for its future.

The Basta plant, a maker of door handles and locks, has been in the South Sligo town for more than 60 years but has now gone into examinership in an effor to survive in the long-term.

It currently employs 48 people.

Basta was established 63 years ago by the well-known Gallagher family of Tubbercurry.

Over a year ago, it was bought by two businessmen, John Murphy from Castlerea, Co Roscommon, and Dermot Foster, a Wicklow man.

It had been owned by a former CEO, Kevin Norton, who passed away.

In its six decades of its operation in Tubbercurry, Basta became a leading brand in ironmongery and a household name for providing handles, locks and hinges for doors and windows to builders providers and various other outlets.

Basta now has 100 days to come up with a plan for its future during which it’s protected from creditors.

It’s undertood there is no question of the plant closing but it’s expected there will be cost reductions and job losses in an effort to secure its long-term future.

A few years ago, about 100 government jobs were lost in Tubbercurry, in what was a major blow to the town and surrounding area at the time.

Sligo/Leitrim Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon says the hope now is to save as many jobs as possible in Basta.