Approximately 180 jobs are to be axed after specialist window company Velux Group announced this afternoon that they are to close the manufacturing arm of its Glenrothes-based business - Fife Joinery Manufacturing.
The news follows what the company have called a strategic review of its manufacturing and logistics functions across Europe, 65 jobs will also following the closure of their Bagsvaerd factory in Denmark.
Production and distribution will now be moved south to the Midlands.
Keith Riddle, UK managing director of VELUX Company Ltd said: “This has been a very difficult decision and not one we have taken easily.
“Our primary concern at this time is to support affected colleagues and we will be working closely with employees, relevant agencies and the Scottish Government to offer guidance and support in addition to redeployment or relocated employment where possible.
“A process of consultation with elected employee representatives is also being established.”
He added: “Our colleagues in Fife Joinery are highly-skilled and competent with knowledge of our products. So, although positions are of a limited number, it is my hope that some of those affected would be interested in a new position in the sales company, or would consider relocation to our southern distribution operation.”
Tricia Marwick, Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP said the the announcement was a huge blow to the town.
“The loss of 180 jobs is a devastating blow not just to the manufacturing community, but to the town as a whole, said Mrs Marwick.
“They are jobs that we can ill afford to lose and I will be urging the Scottish Government and Fife Council to do all they possibly can to give those affected by today’s decision the help and support to see them through this news.”
While the manufacturing operation is to close, Velux Group have also announced today that they will be adding an additional 30 roles within existing sales and marketing division based at their Woodside Way office.