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Jobs blow as Bose shuts plant

A world leader in home entertainment systems, Bose, is to shut its plant in Carrickmacross with the loss of 140 jobs.

Staff at the Monaghan facility were told the assembly line and remanufacturing would close in April ending the company's near 40-year presence in Ireland.

Famed for the quality of its speaker systems, Bose has decided to shut the Irish division - one of the biggest and best regarded employers in the region - as part of global restructuring which also sees a facility in Columbia, South Carolina, closing.

Operations from Carrickmacross are moving to Mexico and Malaysia, the company said.

Sinn Fein MEP Matt Carthy, who has an office in the town, said the closure would have a severe knock-on effect on the area and on other businesses.

"I know many of the 140 full time Bose staff personally and I am absolutely devastated to hear of the planned closure of this manufacturing plant in Carrickmacross. The plant is a well established local employer and the announcement today will cause widespread disbelief," he said.

Bryan Fontaine, Bose executive vice president of global operations and corporate development engineering, said: " Our rapid global growth requires us to keep pace with our customers, dealers, distributors, resellers and stores, and serve them as efficiently as possible.

"But these are still difficult decisions because they impact our very capable teams in South Carolina and Ireland. We thank all of them for their dedication, and we thank the communities of Columbia and Carrickmacross for their years of support."

Mr Carthy said he had emailed Jobs Minister Richard Bruton urging enterprise chiefs to step in and attempt to save some of the jobs.

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