The announcement was made last Wednesday after administrators KPMG were called in. The firm, which made armoured vehicles for the MOD, employed a total of 61 staff. The other 17 have been kept on in the meantime while the administration process takes place. The company has blamed the collapse on cashflow problems.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine says,
“I was so sorry to hear the awful news that Penman’s has gone into administration again with the loss of so many highly-skilled jobs, especially as it’s only 3 years since it was rescued by Hull-based firm, Martin Williams Ltd.
“The Scottish Government has already been in touch with the administrators and will be offering whatever help it can to support the workforce. I understand Scottish Enterprise has also been in contact and Skills Development Scotland’s Partnership Action for Continuing Employment met with staff on Monday afternoon.
“However, if any of the workforce are in need of extra support, I’d urge them to contact me at my office on 01387 255334 and I’ll do what I can to help.
“Penman’s has a long history in Dumfries, dating back over 160 years so it’s a tragedy for the whole town. I hope a solution can be found, but if not, we need to find ways to keep these highly-skilled workers in the region.”