A Co Londonderry supplier of concrete products to the construction industry has been forced to make 18 staff redundant.
Tobermore Concrete blamed the considerable downturn in the building industry for a drop in demand.
The company, which also has offices in Bangor, Dublin, Galway, Cork and Leyland in Lancashire will see its workforce cut to 202.
General manager Glenn Robinson said: “This was not an easy decision but unfortunately the significant downturn in the construction and housing market has had an impact on demand.
“Therefore, we have regrettably had to make 18 people redundant following a staff consultation period.”
The company is one of the key suppliers of paving in Northern Ireland and has been increasing its workforce over the past decade.
But Mr Robinson said: “The sharp decline in the economy has meant we have had to make some necessary but unfortunate cutbacks.”
On a more positive note, Mr Robinson confirmed the company was going ahead with the opening of a paving and walling display centre in Falkirk at the end of next month — and creating two full-time jobs there.
He said the new centre was a natural progression following the growing demand for their products in Scotland.