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Thursday, 28 November, 2002, 07:11 GMT
Clothing firm shuts final factory
Dewhirst factory in Fishguard
The firm was the town's largest employer
The last factory in a chain of clothing manufactures in Wales closes on Thursday after four years of cut backs resulting in 1,400 job losses.

Dewhirst's factory in Fishguard - which employed 168 workers - is the last of the company's plants in Wales.

Machinist generic
The factory made trousers for M&S

The firm, which makes ladies clothes for Marks and Spencer, is switching production overseas in an attempt to increase profits.

The Fishguard closure follows the shutdown of its sister factory in Cardigan last month with the loss of more than 325 jobs.

No one from the company has been available for comment.

The closure programme began with Dewhirst's factory in Ystalyfera, Swansea, in 1998 when 300 staff were made redundant.


The closure of Cardigan also affected about 100 people living in Pembrokeshire so it has been a double blow for the area

Fishguard councillor Brian Howells

Last year 165 jobs went when the plant at Lampeter was shut down.

In August the Dewhirst plant at Fforestfach in Swansea, closed with the loss of 435 jobs.

Fishguard councillor Brian Howells said Christmas would be very rough for some of the families.

He said: " It is a big blow to the area and the mood around here is very depressing.

"Tourism is our biggest business in Pembrokeshire but it is a bad time of year for people to find jobs.

"The closure of Cardigan also affected about 100 people living in Pembrokeshire so it has been a double blow for the area.

Fears

"But the workforce is being positive they are not the sort to lie down."

Pembrokeshire council has set up a 1.2m e-learning centre attached to Ysgol Bro Gwaun comprehensive school to offer re-training for redundant workers.

An action group has also been set up to help involving the local authority, Elwa and the Welsh Development Agency.

But Mr Howells said he feared the area would suffer from a brain drain.

"We want to see our young people returning to the area but if there aren't any jobs for them then they won't come back.

"I see the future for the area will be in the establishing of small hi-tech businesses which use local resources," he said.


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