Desmonds to finally shut factory doors

Leading textile firm, Desmonds & Sons is to finally close its factory at Newbuildings and cutting room at Springstown on Friday, with the loss of nearly 300 workers.

The company last month announced it was making the closures as a result of "competitive pressures".

In a statement, the firm said: "Pressures on margins, coupled with increased insurance, energy and social costs combine to pose immense challenges to Northern Ireland manufacturing.

"Despite our efforts to maintain as much employment locally as possible, the inevitable result of all these pressures is that products cease to be viable when made in Northern Ireland and must be produced overseas.

"Our competitors have long since ceased to manufacture garments in the UK."

In July the company, which supplies leading clothing retailer Marks & Spencer, shut the doors of its Irvingstown plant with the loss of 115 jobs.

This followed on from the closure of the firm's plants in Omagh and Swatragh.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

12 November 2003
Clothing firm to axe 300 jobs
A leading clothing firm is to close its two remaining factories in Co Londonderry with the loss of nearly 300 jobs. Desmond & Sons announced on Wednesday that it is to close its factory at Newbuildings and cutting room at Springstown, with the loss of 277 and 16 jobs respectively.
12 March 2020
Budget: Extra £210m For NI Public Services
Business and political leaders have been giving their reactions to the Budget, with an extra £210 million allocated for public services in Northern Ireland. The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, yesterday pledged a £12 billion package of measures aimed at tackling the spread of coronavirus across the UK.
13 April 2012
Belfast's InShops To Close
InShops in Belfast's city centre are set to close it has been revealed this afternoon. The 25 shops which employ around 60 people have until June 26 to evacuate the premises. According to the centre's manager the news was broke on Thursday last and came as a shock.
18 March 2003
NI people need to take heed of will deficit
A leading charity has said that around 50% of people who die in Northern Ireland do not have a will. The Simon Community revealed the statistic as part of a campaign to raise awareness of the issue of being intestate. The campaign involves Belfast law firm Francis Hanna and Company assisting people to make out a will free of charge.
16 December 2015
Manufacturing Firm to Create 80 New Jobs
A manufacturing firm in Northern Ireland has announced it is to create 80 new jobs. The new posts at the Hutchinson Group are part of a £4.1 million investment and will be based at its sites in Kilrea and Antrim.