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Fire-hit factory workers fear for the future.

THE chief executive of a food firm whose crisp factory was badly damaged in a fire says he "can't give any answers with absolute certainty" over the site's future. Paul Allen, CEO of Tayto Group, said: "We are faced with a situation which is naturally giving all our staff a great deal of worry and uncertainty and is providing the company with enormous logistical problems. "This doesn't just impact on Real Crisps and our employees, there are knock-on effects for our customers and also for our suppliers and growers.

"This is a very difficult time for everyone, but we have been greatly heartened by the many offers of help from the local community and the industry in general and we are deeply grateful for everyone's support.

"Our staff will all be paid as normal at the end of this month, September and we can confirm we will also be paying all staff as normal at the end of October.

"That will allow us all time to assess the way forward and to make informed decisions. We are really proud of how our staff have reacted to this crisis.

"We know that they fear for their jobs and the future of the factory. At the moment we just can't give any answers with absolute certainty until we know exactly what we are dealing with."

Colin Goulding, 30, of Abertillery, appeared in court at the weekend charged with arson with intent to endanger life after the fire on Wednesday at the Sirhowy Valley Foods (Real Crisps) factory in Abertillery.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 24, 2012
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