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First Milk announces closure of Castle Kennedy base

FIRST Milk is planning to close its warehouse operations in Castle Kennedy with the loss of four jobs.

The announcement came on Thursday with the company calling it a move to "improve business efficiencies".

Its base in Machline in Ayrshire is also due to close with the further loss of ten jobs.

It is proposed that the work will move to First Milk's main distribution centre in Warwickshire and another warehousing operation in Shropshire that First Milk also uses. A First Milk spokesman said:

"This proposed move is aimed at improving our overall service to our customers. It has the added benefit of reducing food miles and our carbon footprint.

"This is clearly a sad day for our people at Mauchline and Castle Kennedy who have always delivered excellent service levels and flexibility.

"Our priority now is to talk to our people at these sites on a one-to-one basis about the implications of the proposed closures.

"Should the proposed closure become a reality, the company will make every effort to assist with the redeployment of its people."

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown has described the announcement that it is to close as a "huge blow". He said:

"The loss of an important local employer like First Milk is obviously a huge blow, and the impact on those employees and their families who are affected by job losses is of huge concern."

He had contacted the company and was assured that should the proposals go ahead they would try to find support for the affected employees in finding new employment, whether that's within the company or elsewhere.

He said: "I'll be holding them to that assurance.

"And my door is open to the employees should they wish to discuss the situation with me."

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