900 jobs to go at JTI Gallaher Plant
7 Oct 2014
JTI Gallaher Plant, a cigarette factory in Northern Ireland is to close with the loss of approx 900 jobs.
The JTI Gallaher plant in Ballymena, Antrim will close as part of a restructuring program announced by its Japanese owners Japan Tobacco International (JTI) and the closure is scheduled to take place between 2016 and 2018.
Gallaher, which made Silk Cut and Benson & Hedges cigarettes, was taken over by Japanese firm JTI in 2007.
The factory is a major employer in Ballymena.
The Gallaher Tobacco Company was founded in 1857 by County Londonderry teenager Thomas Gallaher, who began by setting hand-rolled tobacco from a cart.
JTI's factory in Belgium is also closing, with cigarette production being possibly moved to Poland and Romania.
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