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Row over future of city factory

Glencraft showroom
Glencraft has provided employment for many years

A row has broken out over the possible closure of an Aberdeen factory for blind and disabled workers.

Management at Glencraft have said they have received an indication of the city council's lack of support for a modified business plan.

However the local authority said it had tried at every turn to support Glencraft, spending £1.7m buying the lease on the land from the company.

The Glencraft board will meet on Friday, when it could start winding up.

One worker told BBC Scotland: "I have been here all my days, it's hard to take in."

Record sales

Councillor Kate Dean said whether or not it was the "final death knell" was a matter for the board.

Aberdeen South MP Anne Begg raised fears about Glencraft's future at Prime Minister's Questions on Wednesday.

The furniture factory faced closure last year because of a cut in council funding, but the council agreed to buy it and lease it back.

It reported record sales for January, with sales jumping 34% on the same period in 2008.



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