ARARAT manufacturing business AME Systems will shed more jobs at its head office.
The company, which manufactures electrical wiring harnesses and other electrical systems, blamed a continued downturn in sales for the redundancies, in a statement released yesterday.
The redundancies will impact 45 staff, according to the statement.
The announcement follows a reduction in staff numbers in July and an agreement for staff to operate a four-day week during August and September.
Ararat mayor Ian Wilson described the news as “devastating” for those concerned but praised AME Systems for its efforts to avoid staff losses and to help those who will lose their jobs.
“AME Systems is an exceptional corporate citizen with a big community involvement in Ararat,” Cr Wilson said.
“It has always treated its staff well.
“The company will be working with local agencies to help anyone affected to find alternative employment.”
Manufacturers of trucks and other heavy machinery are among AME Systems’ main buyers.
It has experienced a significant reduction in orders as a consequence of the economic downturn.
The company statement says it is committed to staff, customers and suppliers with a view to remaining a sustainable business.
The Courier was unable to contact AME Systems general manager Dean Pinniger for further contact.
Cr Wilson said employment opportunities were being created in the area with the $300 million expansion of the Hopkins Correctional Facility.
The Justice Department is actively recruiting prison officers for 2014.
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