Belfast Telegraph

Lisburn Glass goes to the wall with loss of 30 jobs

By John Mulgrew

Around 30 jobs have been lost after a Co Antrim glass manufacturer entered administration.

Lisburn Glass Group Limited, which worked on big name projects such as the Boat and Arc buildings in Belfast, has now ceased trading.

And all staff have been made redundant.

Gareth Latimer and Stephen Tennant of Grant Thornton have been appointed as joint administrators.

The firm, which traded for more than 40 years, was based at Blaris Industrial Estate.

Gareth Latimer said: "We have been working with the directors since the start of the year and reviewed the options available, but creditor pressure has increased, leaving the directors with no alternative but to seek the protection of an administration appointment.

"The business has ceased trading and all employees have been made redundant.

"We will be carrying out a sales process in order to maximise value for creditors".

The company was set up in 1971, and developed a national reputation in the industrial and commercial glazing market.

Some of its high-profile contracts included the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) building.

Stephen Kelly (right), chief executive of Manufacturing NI, said he was "disappointed" at the loss of the business.

"Any manufacturing loss has a large impact, not just on the people involved, but the wider community as well.

"We know that these are good quality jobs, and good quality people, and we would hope that they would find replacement work as soon as possible."

The closure of Lisburn Glass Group comes after Co Antrim firm MET Steel Ltd, which is the main sponsor of Portadown Football Club, was placed into administration with the loss of up to 40 jobs.

MET Steel Group Limited is run by Portadown FC directors Roy McMahon and Trevor Marshall.

The administration includes both MET Steel Group Limited and MET Steel Limited.

Commenting on MET Steel's administration, Mr Kelly said: "We have a very strong engineering sector, and any diminishing of competition in that supply chain would be a concern for us, and we would hope that they would be able to get back into business as soon as possible."

In November, tyre maker Michelin dealt a body blow to manufacturing, after revealing it was pulling out of Northern Ireland with the loss of 860 jobs.

Other manufacturers have also made job cuts in recent months, including Caterpillar NI and Schrader Electronics, both in Co Antrim.

Following Michelin's announcement and other job losses in Northern Ireland manufacturing at the end of last year, Enterprise Minister, Jonathan Bell set up an advisory group to report on the challenges facing the sector, including energy costs.

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