Ballymena-based bus manufacturer Wrightbus has confirmed it is seeking new investors, after reports sparked concern among the workforce.
The trade union Unite has already said it is seeking an urgent meeting with the company.
“Wrightbus is a major employer, and reports that the company is seeking new investors have given rise to concerns among the workforce and the wider Ballymena community,” Regional Officer George Brash said.
“Unite is seeking an urgent meeting with the company to address the genuine concerns which today’s news reports have raised for our members.”
The company has since confirmed that professional services firm Deloitte has been appointed to help with the process of looking for new investors.
A Wright Group statement says the move comes at a time of “increased complexity” in tailoring their products for a global customer base.
“Deloitte is working with the company to explore the potential of bringing on board an investor,” the statement outlined.
“This is to ensure that the skills and talents of our Ballymena workforce continue to deliver cutting-edge transport vehicles to our customers near and far.”
Wrightbus was founded back in 1946 and has grown to employ around 1,400 people, making it one of Northern Ireland’s biggest privately-owned employers.
It is also one of the last major employers in the Ballymena area of Co Antrim, following a spate of closures in recent years – including building giant Patton, tobacco company JTI Gallaher, and tyre manufacturer Michelin.
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