Inverclyde’s SNP elected representatives are welcoming the news that Texas Instruments (TI) has been saved from closure, preventing the loss of over 300 jobs at the site.
Today, TI have signed an agreement with leading global semi-conductor manufacturer, Diodes Incorporated, who will purchase the plant and continue production and employment in Greenock.
Stuart McMillan MSP for Greenock and Inverclyde, Ronnie Cowan MP for Inverclyde, and Inverclyde SNP Council Group Leader Chris McEleny, have praised the efforts of the TI Taskforce that was set up in 2016 following the announcement of TI’s plans to leave the area.
The local politicians also commended the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise who have been working hard behind the scenes to find a solution.
Commenting, Mr McMillan said:
“Since the TI Taskforce was established, I’ve attended the regular meetings as I recognise how important the plant is to the local area.
“In November, I held a Member’s Debate in the Scottish Parliament urging everyone to redouble their efforts to save TI, and I am absolutely delighted that we now have a solution that sees Inverclyde benefit from the continuation of high value manufacturing in the constituency.
“Despite the uncertainty that the workforce faced over the last few years, they have remained motivated, focussed and have consistently delivered. The new company will be getting a highly skilled workforce to be proud of.
“I am delighted with the efforts of everyone involved to help get this deal done and want to pay particular tribute to Scottish Enterprise and all public agencies involved for their sterling efforts.”
Mr Cowan added:
“I’m delighted the long term future of the plant and its workers has been secured and would like to praise the efforts of everyone involved in the TI Taskforce and in particular the site manager, Gerry McCarthy, who’s hard work has made this possible.
“I know, through discussions, the Scottish Government have been working alongside Inverclyde Council to ensure continued employment at the site and as the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Derek Mackay MSP said this a positive outcome for the plant and workforce, and a strong endorsement for Inverclyde.”
Councillor McEleny said:
“This is a very welcome announcement – all politics is local, and this substantial investment by the Scottish Government and the support by the SNP will protect hundreds of jobs in Inverclyde and the surrounding communities.
On top of further recent announcements in the budget, including more money for 1140 hours of free childcare, attainment challenge funding and free personal care for under 65s, adding to the existing policy, this shows a continued effort by the Scottish Government to support people in Inverclyde.”