Dutch firm Vion has rejected last minute bids aimed at saving the Hall’s of Broxburn plant. Vion said neither of the offers constituted a viable and sustainable alternative to the closure of the plant.
A planned phased closure will now go ahead with the loss of 200 jobs this month, before the plant closes completely next February.
Commenting on the situation, local MSP Fiona Hyslop expressed her disappointment at the outcome.
Ms Hyslop welcomed the swift action of the Scottish Government who announced a recovery plan for West Lothian immediately after the confirmation from Vion, but the MSP expressed her sadness that a deal could not be agreed that would have saved the plant.
She said: “I have continually pressed Vion to co-operate with credible bidders, but it appears they have been unable to strike a deal.
“This is body blow for Broxburn and I share the disappointment and anger that is felt in the community.
“I have already spoken to my colleagues in the Scottish Government and I know that the workers at Halls have the full support of the government and the taskforce. The recovery plan for West Lothian announced this afternoon is a vote of confidence in the workforce and a sign of the support that the government will be making available.
“I will work tirelessly with all those with an interest in the future of Broxburn.
“This is a strong community and we have come through adversity before and we shall do so again – I know how people will fight back and rebuild our local community
“Now, more than ever, we must pull together to help those affected by the closure and to create new opportunities for the area.
“My thoughts are with the workforce and their families who are facing real difficulties at this time. I want them to know my door is always open and I will do all I can to assist them.”