US plant to shed 79 jobs in move to Ohio

by Staff Reporter

SEVENTY-NINE jobs are to be lost at a Swords-based company, it has been announced this week.
The jobs will be lost at Diamond Innovations, as the firm is to close its plant in Dublin.
The firm produces tools for the mining and construction industries and is to end production at its Irish plant in Clonshaugh Business Park by the end of September.
Earlier this week, staff members were informed that production would be moved from Dublin to the company’s headquarters in Ohio in the United States.
Diamond Innovations has been in operation in Ireland since 1981.
On Tuesday, April 23, SIPTU met management at the company to discuss the threatened job losses and the proposed plans for the company to cease operations at the local plant in September.
SIPTU organiser Karl Byrne confirmed to The Gazette that the job losses have been threatened for the past decade.
He said: “The announcement that Diamond Innovations is closing its Dublin plant is devastating news for the workers involved and their families. The plant has been in operation since 1981, and has benefited from a highly-motivated and professional workforce.
“We have been trying to prevent this for the past 10 years or so, but it’s downsized significantly in the past 10 years, and they’ve decided they only need one plant and the company chose the American plant in Ohio over the one in Dublin.
“The employees are still in a bit of shock, and what they’re really struggling to try and do is find a way forward,” said Byrne.
He said that following talks with staff members earlier in the week, Diamond Innovations management have agreed to sit down and negotiate plans for the coming months.
“SIPTU representatives will be entering into negotiations with management regarding possible future employment for workers facing the loss of their jobs.
“The negotiations will also focus on achieving a fair and reasonable redundancy package for our members.
“The company has agreed to negotiate redundancies, but also agreed to put in some support re

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