Belfast Telegraph

Wrightbus tight-lipped on buying JTI premises claim

By Staff Reporter

Ballymena manufacturer Wrightbus has refused to comment on reports that it is buying the premises of JTI in the town.

The tobacco manufacturer is now winding down its operations in Ballymena, with a total loss of 800 jobs.

According to a report in the Ballymena Guardian, Wrightbus is on the verge of signing a multimillion-pound deal to buy the JTI site in Galgorm, close to its own premises.

But a spokeswoman for Wrightbus said it would be making no comment on the "speculative subject" of a potential deal.

A JTI spokesman said: "At this stage, we have no comment to make about the future of our site in Ballymena."

The decision of JTI to close down in Ballymena was announced in 2014, and was followed a year later by tyre maker Michelin's decision to close its operations in the town, with the loss of 860 posts.

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