Employees at Newport engineering firm Rowecord are facing an uncertain future after administrators were called in this morning. Rowecord's projects include the Aquatic Centre for the London Olympics and Cardiff City Stadium.
We have offered assistance to the maximum level allowable within state aid rules to the company. However, this offer was not taken up by the company, because of their worsening financial and competitive position.
The company’s senior management have thanked the Welsh Government for our offer of support and for the speed and flexibility with which we responded, however, they have reluctantly decided that it is in the best interests of its employees and partners to file for administration, when a buyer for the business may be identified.
We will now work with the Administrators, Grant Thornton, to explore all options for securing the future of the company and we will of course discuss packages of support with any potential buyers.
The Economy Minister says that the Welsh Government offered 'maximum allowable' financial help to the steel firm Rowecord. But Edwina Hart told the Assembly that the company decided to turn the offer down because of its 'worsening financial position.'
The minister said that Rowecord's management thanked the Welsh Government but felt that the maximum financial support was still not enough. She said officials are in contact with administrators to look at a rescue package and said that she would offer support to any potential buyers.
Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies says the minister's statement on Rowecord should explain why the company turned down the Welsh Government's offer of assistance. He said he hopes there'll be detail of the type of offer made.