South Antrim MLA Pam Cameron has said the closure of Antrim firm Mivan is a devastating blow to the local area.
“This is a devastating blow to the people of Antrim both to those who have been directly affected by Mivan’s closure but also for the wider economy of the town,” Mrs Cameron said.
She added: “It had been hoped that the administrators would have been able to find a buyer for the business in order that many of the highly skilled workforce could be retained; sadly this has not been possible.
“I am aware that the administrators are continuing to work hard along with the Department for Trade and Investment and Invest NI in the hope that another firm can still be found to take on the staff and continue the fantastic work that Mivan have been doing in Antrim since 1975.
“To lose such an enormous skill base would be a tragedy for Antrim and I hope that every focus will be given to retaining jobs in the town.”