One of Selkirk's big employers - RP Adam (Arpal Group) - has announced it is planning to close, with the potential loss of 48 jobs.

The 130-year-old family firm was bought by American firm Ecolab in 2017.

A consultation with staff will now begin on the proposed closure. The employer is promising to explore ways to "reduce or mitigate the effects of any redundancies".

This decision was made after extensive review of our manufacturing in the U.K. to identify ways to further optimize the efficiency of our operations. We determined that our other U.K. manufacturing plants are better suited to meet the long-term needs of our business in this market.


Commenting on the closure, Borders MP John Lamont described the loss of the company as 'deeply disappointing.'

“Ecolab have assured me their focus is on supporting their employees. Unfortunately, redistribution of staff is not really an option so it is clear we are looking at a sizeable number of redundancies.

John Lamont, MP

The company manufacture and supply cleaning and disinfection products for the business sector.