UPDATED: COTY confirm closure of Nenagh plant

Tipperary County Council seek meeting with Minister to discuss job losses

BREAKING: COTY confirm closure of Nenagh plant

The Nenagh based COTY plant is to close management have confirmed.

Staff were called to a meeting with management this morning following fears raised yesterday.

About 200 jobs will be lost with the closure. The plant is expected to close it’s doors by the end of 2018.

Workers at the former Procter and Gamble plant were told that a detailed study of the company’s global manufacturing capacities and capabilities were carried out following the merger with P&G  last year, which made it one of the biggest beauty companies in the world with revenues of over €9 billion.

CEO of Tipperary County Council, Joe McGrath, said his "thoughts are with them at this very difficult time" and committed to helping the town cope with this jobs blow.

"The people of Nenagh have demonstrated resilience in the past when faced with similar announcements and the Nenagh area has consistently shown its ability to recover from job losses. This recovery will require a co-operative and focused effort by all national and local agencies working jointly with Coty, its employees and the business community of Nenagh. Tipperary County Council will play our role in this joint effort."

The Department of Social Protection has offered itsservices including briefing sessions and the provision of information about employment options, re-training supports, redundancy and welfare to those affected

 

Statement from COTY Management

“Today we have announced proposed changes to our international manufacturing network, subject to board approval, including our cosmetics operation in Nenagh. These proposals are the result of a detailed study of our global manufacturing capacities and capabilities for each of our divisions following the merger with P&G Specialty Beauty brands and with the objective to enable our future growth.

"As a result of this study we are proposing to consolidate our cosmetics operations into two core centres which will result in the closure of the Nenagh plant. Specific timelines are still under consideration and subject to consultation, but we propose to complete the Nenagh volume transition by the end of calendar year 2018. It is anticipated that, subject to consultation, approximately 200 roles will be affected in Nenagh."

Commenting on the announcement, JuanMiguel Pacheco, Plant Manager at Nenagh said:

“I am committed to fully supporting all our colleagues in Nenagh through the coming months. Our priority is to work closely with them and their families throughout the consultation and to ensure that everyone is treated fairly and with respect.”

Statement from Tipperary County Council

Tipperary County Council has learned of the disappointing news announced today regarding the proposed closure of the Coty facility at Gortlandroe, Nenagh. The Council is particularly mindful of the impact of this announcement on all of the employees of Coty and their families. Our thoughts are with them at this very difficult time.

 

Over the years, this facility provided much needed and valued employment in Nenagh and is an integral part of the community, business and social life of Nenagh town and its environs. The announcement today presents a significant challenge for all concerned.

 

However, the people of Nenagh have demonstrated resilience in the past when faced with similar announcements and the Nenagh area has consistently shown its ability to recover from job losses. This recovery will require a co-operative and focussed effort by all national and local agencies working jointly with Coty, its employees and the business community of Nenagh. Tipperary County Council will play our role in this joint effort.

 

The Elected Members of Tipperary County Council have already written to the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation seeking a meeting to discuss the current position in Tipperary with regard to job losses and the considerable number of opportunities in our county that exist to create new enterprise and employment.

Additionally, at the request of the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O`Connor TD, the Chief Executive of Tipperary County Council has put in place arrangements to convene a meeting of the Inter-Agency Group (consisting of the DJEI,  IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Tipperary ETB, Tipperary Local Enterprise Office, Department of Social Protection, NTLP and Tipperary County Council)  to assess the implications of the Coty announcement and to work with the Company and its employees to put in place employment supports including up-skilling, re-training and opportunities for potential re-employment.

Statement from the Department of Social Protection on the announcement of job losses by Coty in Nenagh

 This afternoon, staff from the Department of Social Protection’s Intreo service have contacted Hannover Communications who are working on behalf of Coty to offer the Department’s services including briefing sessions and the provision of information about employment options, re-training supports, redundancy and welfare.

Minister Varadkar said: “This is a very distressing time for employees who have given so much to the company.  My thoughts and those of my Government colleagues are with all the staff affected. The Department of Social Protection will do all it can to assist employees, including briefing sessions on welfare and employment supports.  Our goal is to ensure that all staff affected can move smoothly into new employment or training.

 

“I want to assure everyone affected that the Department of Social Protection officials are determined to help them to get through this difficult period, and identify the supports they need to get back into employment again as quickly as possible.”