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CARLOW, Ireland – (December 3rd) Trek’s decision to close down the factory in Carlow, Ireland they started 6 years ago and to transfer its European production to Hartmannsdorf (Germany) seems a logical step in view of the production capacity available at the former Diamant factory, and the shorter transportation lines to most European distributors. According […]

CARLOW, Ireland – (December 3rd) Trek’s decision to close down the factory in Carlow, Ireland they started 6 years ago and to transfer its European production to Hartmannsdorf (Germany) seems a logical step in view of the production capacity available at the former Diamant factory, and the shorter transportation lines to most European distributors. According to the Irish newspaper, The Nationalist, Trek’s Carlow facility will dismiss 60 people, but Trek’s European director Malcolm Davies claims the number of actual redundancies will be closer to 20: a number of staff will move with Trek. In the meantime, the Irish Development Association (IDA), who granted a total of € 228,500 to Trek to start the Carlow factory, reproach Trek that they have not been briefed by Trek about their closure plans before the public announcement. While Trek claim that their move fully complies with the contracts they have with the Irish authorities, IDA announces that they ‘will revoke relevant grants and expect repayment from Trek bicycles in the normal manner’, and that contracts ‘usually run for a period of time up to ten years.’ (OB)

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