It is deeply worrying to hear that the Linde factory here in Merthyr Tydfil are consulting on 203 job losses.
Should the closure of the plant go ahead, it would be a major blow to the local economy and has the capability of causing considerable hardship upon its employees and their families.
I know that the Welsh Government has been keen to provide business with every possible assistance during these difficult times and I have urgently written to the Welsh Government seeking their assistance. I will be also meeting with management and trade unions in the near future.
Two hundred and three jobs are under threat at a factory which makes forklift trucks in Merthyr Tydfil, as the owners have announced plans for its closure.
The Kion group said the factory has failed to make a profit since it was restructured in 2007.
The company is entering a 90-day consultation period with employees.
Despite all possible efforts, including a sustained period of restructuring since 2007, the site has never reached profitability in the face of strong macro-economic headwinds. With much regret, the KION Board has decided to enter into consultation about the potential closure of the site in order to ensure the future competitiveness and long-term sustainability of the Group.