ONE of the area's longest running and most successful manufacturing businesses announced last week that production will soon cease from its Lansdowne plant.
UGL confirmed last week that the company will be putting its Taree rail manufacturing facility on care and maintenance once existing customer commitments are met.
Based on the current workload, it is expected that all work will be completed by the end of October, and 133 employees will be affected.
The Times spoke with Greater Taree City Council mayor, Paul Hogan to gauge his thoughts on the matter and any plans council may have to ease the burden on those involved.
We also spoke with one of the affected employees, who wished to remain anonymous, for an insiders thoughts on the closure.
Find out more in Wednesday's paper.
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