Ulster Carpets is of Northern Ireland’s best-known family companies and specialises in luxury carpets for clients such as hotels and cruise ships.
But the firm has said it has suffered a hit during the Covid-19 pandemic from a fall-off in international travel, formerly important sources of business for its products.
The company has now entered a formal consultation period with employees and their trade union. It said up to 70 roles at all levels across the group were at risk. The company started a major capital investment programme in recent years.
The major development is at the company’s Portadown site but larger scale investments are also underway at Ulster’s two manufacturing divisions in the North of England.
In recent years, the company has taken over two businesses, Roger Oates Design and Griffiths Textile Machines. Its long-serving chairman Edward Wilson, son of the firm’s founders, retired from the firm last year.
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