SIPTU representatives met with the management of Lund Precision Products today (Friday, 7th April) to discuss options for saving as many jobs as possible at the tool manufacturer’s plant in Athlone, County Westmeath. SIPTU Organiser, Denis Sheridan, said: “The plant workers were called into a meeting last night and informed that the facility will close in July with the loss of 40 jobs. The announcement left staff in a state of shock. “The plant has operated for over 35 years and its closure would be a major blow to the local area. The company, which is owned by the US based multi-national Fisher Barton, has stated that a down turn in international demand is responsible for the its decision to close the plant." He added: “SIPTU representatives are committed to working with management and all other stakeholders in order to do everything possible to save the threatened jobs. Union representatives will be meeting with management again next week to further explore whatever avenues may be open to saving the plant and the workers’ jobs.” The Lund Precision Products Ireland plant manufactures blades and components for agricultural equipment. The facility employs 40 people, the majority of whom are members of SIPTU.