Metal site has 'key role' in Anglesey's economic future
Our thoughts first and foremost are with those who will be losing their jobs in such a harsh economic climate. We will help them, but we must also ensure that this important strategic site continues to play a key role in the Island’s economic future.
The site still has the potential to play a huge role in the Island’s future economy and I’ll be making this clear when meeting with the Anglesey Aluminium Board, together with Welsh Government representatives, later next month.
– Cllr Bryan Owen, Isle of Anglesey County Council leader
'Extensive efforts' were made to keep metal plant open
In 2009, 400 staff were made redundant at Anglesey Aluminium, when it closed its smelting operation.
A re-melt business has operated since then, producing around 250,000 tonnes of metal.
The Anglesey Aluminium Metal (AAM) Board says it has made "extensive efforts" to find options to stay in business, but warned employees last week there was a "strong likelihood" it would have to close.
It says a redundancy programme will include helping employees to find new work, and it will work to try to create a legacy for the local community.
A small team will be kept on to continue de-commissioning, and maintain the site until it is sold.
The AAM Board reognise the outstanding work that has been carried out by the employees and management team at Anglesey Aluminium in addition to their commitment to safety and their excellent work ethic.