Aurivo: ‘No councillor engaged with the company following communication announcing transfer of butter packing from Achonry to Cork.’

Company informed ‘TDs, Senators and South Sligo councillors of the decision.’

Sligo News File Online.

Councillors, it would seem, raised no objection or concern when they were told by Aurivo that it planned to transfer its butter packing operations from Achonry to Cork.

In a letter to Sligo County Council, Aurivo has stated that “senior management” contacted local public representatives after the decision to wind down the Achonry plant was taken.

Aaron Forde, CEO, Aurivo
Aaron Forde, CEO,

Company Chief Executive Aaron Forde stated that “on the day the regrettable, but necessary announcement regarding our Achonry site was made on 6 November, Aurivo’s senior management made contact, by phone and follow up email, with local TDs, Senators and South Sligo Councillors once impacted employees and the local advisory committee had been communicated with.

“No councillor engaged directly with Aurivo following this communication,” he said

Mr. Forde was apparently responding to a letter and copy of a resolution agreed by councillors which Aurivo had received from the Council.

It is understood that the jobs of 30 workers at the Achonry plant will be affected by the closure of the operation.

Connacht GoldMr. Forde stated that “as a successful business operating in what are challenging market conditions, all management decisions are made in the best interests of Aurivo – its future viability, its employees and its members.

“A strong, commercially successful and sustainable Aurivo is positive for Sligo and the North West.”

He said the company would be “more than happy to meet a delegation of councillors at our office on a mutually suitable date for an update on our operations.”

The letter is dated 22 December 2015.

During 2015, Aurivo transferred the headquarters of the company from Tubbercurry to the Finisklin Business Park in Sligo. It also earlier switched its milk processing operations from the outskirts of Sligo to Donegal.