Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell has expressed his disappointment over the news that Langholm based textile mill Reid and Taylor has entered administration, with the loss of 35 jobs.
The firm has been manufacturing luxury cloth and fabric since 1837.
"This is devastating news for Langholm and is a real blow for the whole community and textiles industry based there.
"Right now the priority must be to help and support for those facing job losses, and everyone involved needs to work together to try and find a way forward.
"This will be a distressing time for those who have lost their jobs and my thoughts are with them and their families.
“I will continue to keep in close contact with the administrators and local agencies so that I can do everything possible to support the affected individuals and the community.
There are now big questions over the future of the business and the site, but given the way the business and manufacturing rights were structured the outlook is not positive at this time.
“The speed at which this situation has unravelled is unfortunate, and we must now focus on ensuring that whatever happens to the existing business that the site will be able to be put back into use and that a buyer can be found.
"I will remain in contact with the administrators and will continue to monitor events closely and work on behalf of the local community for the best possible outcome.”
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