SDLP Ballymena councillor Eugene Reid has welcomed the announcement that Wrightbus is to recruit 300 new permanent staff.
The company announced it would also convert 120 temporary jobs to permanent as it expands its workforce to build zero-emission buses.
Cllr Reid said:
“It is heartening to see the continued revival of Wrightbus and these new jobs will bring a big boost to Ballymena and the surrounding area. The conversion of temporary jobs will also result in greater security for staff currently employed by the firm on a temporary basis.
“Wrightbus is a key employer and part of the community in Ballymena and it’s great to see them rebuilding their workforce as we emerge from the coronavirus pandemic. The initial job losses at this firm were a huge blow, which left many fearing the worst. While many major employers in this area have closed their doors for good, Wrightbus have managed to reverse that trend under new ownership.
“The company’s transition to developing hydrogen-powered, zero and low emission vehicles should safeguard its future for years to come, with renewed investment and support from SDLP Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon who ordered 100 zero-emission buses for Translink last year. Green and sustainable industries will only grow in future and with the demand for these type of vehicles set to increase I hope this trend continues at Wrightbus and they will be able to create even more jobs in future.”