Carmarthenshire County Council Leader Cllr Emlyn Dole has reacted to the news that an automotive factory in Llanelli is to close with 220 job losses by the end of 2019.
Schaeffler in Bynea has been consulting with its workforce since November on what it called its “difficult proposals” to shut after more than 60 years.
Redundancies will begin about halfway through 2019.
Schaeffler is expected to work with staff members, unions and the Welsh Government to try to find alternative employment in the area for those losing their jobs.
The former INA Bearings plant has been in production since 1957.
Cllr Dole said: “This announcement will be a terrible blow for Schaeffler’s dedicated and hard-working staff and their families, as well as the economy of Llanelli. Over recent weeks we have been in discussions with the company to see if there was anything we could do to save these jobs, and it’s bitterly disappointing that they have made their final decision to close the plant. Officers from the Authority are also in regular dialogue with officials from Welsh Government.
“We will now do all we can to support those that have lost their jobs – we have well established training and employability programmes and a dedicated team of staff who will support anyone affected to find alternative employment.
“We urge them to visit the Hwb in Stepney Street, Llanelli, to seek that support as soon as possible.”