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Remote cheese factory to reopen

A local company has bought the closed Aeron Valley cheese factory in Ceredigion and it is hoped jobs will be created

A factory which closed two years ago in a remote rural area is to reopen with plans to create up to 50 jobs.

The old Aeron Valley Cheese plant at Felinfach, near Lampeter, will be used as a storage and processing unit.

It closed in March 2007 making 44 workers redundant. Ten months earlier 115 jobs went at the neighbouring Dairygold packaging plant.

A local company has bought the Aeron cheese site and up to 20 people will be employed in the coming weeks.

A taskforce of councillors, farming unions, milk producers and companies called Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron (Aeron Valley Taskforce) has been working towards creating jobs in an area which has had links with the dairy industry for nearly 60 years.

The group was founded in the wake of closure of the Aeron Valley Cheese plant.

The factory has been bought by local hauliers D. Jenkins and Son, and they plan to split the site into smaller units, and work with Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron to attract business to the area.

Huw McConochie, Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron chairman, said: "We look forward to working with Donald Jenkins and Son to develop employment on this site.

"Brian Jenkins of D. Jenkins and Son is a member of Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron, and he and the Gweithgor directors have exciting ideas about how we can develop the site together, and generate new employment in the area."

Euros Lewis, one of the leaders of Gweithgor Dyffryn Aeron, added the group had received support from the Welsh Assembly Government.

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