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Between 40 and 60 jobs to go with closure of Co Antrim joinery firm

Between 40 and 60 jobs are set to go with the closure of a high-end joinery firm in Co Antrim.

Hayburn Wood Products based in Ahoghill posted a short statement to its website confirming its closure due to "difficult trading conditions".

In the company's last published accounts in July of this year it was noted the average number of staff across the previous year had been 42.

According to a TUV spokesman it believed the number of staff at the company was closer to 60.

In its statement the company said the closure would happen with immediate affect.

It said all known creditors as well as customers who have fully paid or partly paid for goods have been contacted by post.

The company had been in business for 50 years and specialised in making luxury kitchens, with talk in the past year of showrooms being opened in London and Dublin.

TUV leader Jim Allister said the closure was a "significant blow to the area".

"Of course my thoughts are first and foremost with the staff who have lost their jobs in the run up to Christmas. It is also important to recognise that this will have a significant knock-on impact on the local economy," he said.

“North Antrim has had a significant number of job blows in recent years. It is long past the time when the area should receive the attention it deserves from Invest NI which to date has neglected the constituency.”

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