Union supports local bid to purchase Aventas

QBRC, the local company who have made a bid for Aventas businesses have welcomed the backing of trade union Unite last week.

QBRC, the local company who have made a bid for Aventas businesses have welcomed the backing of trade union Unite last week.

Cllr John McCartin one of the main directors of QBRC said the company met with Unite last week who present Quinn Glass and lorry drivers.

Eugene McGlone of Unite, said that he “believed that the union and the consortium could do business together for the benefit of the workers in the Quinn Group and the local economy.”

He said that “the consortium clearly has a plan and an intention to retain as much employment within the Fermanagh area as is possible and this is in line with the objectives of Unite. This is potentially good news for the workers and offers hope for the future.”

“Removal of the Quinn Group of businesses from the area or a piecemeal disposal of individual business units is likely to be disastrous for long-term investment and career opportunity in this locality”, McGlone pointed out.

He confirmed that this position reflects the views of Unite members across the former Quinn Group of companies, including those local to Fermanagh/Cavan and those in Britain including the substantial glass operations there.

McGlone commented, “Unite’s view is that the QBRC consortium’s proposals are the only firm and realistic proposals currently on the table.

Cllr McCartin said they understood this support is mirrored by staff throughout the former Quinn Group.

Last week Aventas announced they are considering to sell off the packaging side of the business.

A spokesperson for the group stated, “We have had expressions of interest in our packaging business and the Board has decided to run a process to establish the extent of such interest. This process may or may not lead to a sale of Quinn Packaging.”

It is understood there are three interested businesses, including QBRC. Cllr McCartin said QBRC are interested in purchasing “any or all of the group.”

He said it is that a number of major customers from Packaging are concerned over the announcement and they have expressed a preference in QBRC taking over the company.

If Aventas were to sell, it would be the third sale of a major former Quinn asset in a few months.

In February, Aventas confirmed signing an agreement to sell its roof-tile business to rival Lagan Cement Products and the Quinn transport fleet to a Dutch company, CEVA.

Cllr McCartin showed the newpaper that correspondence is continuing with the board of management of Aventas and they hope progress can be made.

QBRC met with an all party group in Northern Ireland last night, Tuesday, March 11 to discuss their bid for Aventas including Arlene Foster DUP, Tom Elliott UUP and Michelle Gildernew SF.

QBRC Limited, is sponsored by Cllr John McCartin, Newtowngore Engineering, Ernie Fisher, former MD of Fisher Engineering and John (Bosco) O’Hagan, MD of the Specialist Joiner Group.

Denis Doogan, Kevin Lunney, and Dara O’Reilly, former management of the Quinn Group, have also been named as directors in the new company.

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