– Welsh Government spokesperson
This is very disappointing news, especially for the workforce and their families.
The Welsh Government will be meeting urgently with First Milk to examine all possible options to try to safeguard the future of the packing facility and the jobs at Maelor.
North Wales creamery, First Milk, says it plans to close its facility in Maelor, just outside Wrexham, by the end of 2014.
In a statement today the company said it's after the loss of a 'significant customer contract'. The company added that they will begin a consultation period with employees.
– First Milk statement
We very much regret the need to make the proposal to close our Maelor operation. We have a hard-working, loyal and committed workforce there and we are aware of the impact that this news will have on them. We will of course seek to provide those potentially affected with every support and address ways in which the impact of the proposals can be reduced.
Two hundred and thirty one jobs are under threat tonight at Dairy Company, First Milk, just outside Wrexham.
The company told staff in Maelor that they plan to close the factory in 2014.
Welsh Secretary David Jones said: "This is a sobering reminder of the challenges the Welsh economy still faces.
"We need to ensure we maintain close relations with businesses on the ground in Wales, focus on retaining and creating jobs, and attracting new business opportunities across the country."
The company has been asked for a statement.