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Marel shuts down its operations in Ísafjördur

Icelandic food system company Marel decided this week to shut down its operations in Ísafjördur in the Westfjords, to take effect on September 1 this year.

Marel currently employs 21 people in Ísafjördur. Some will be offered a job at Marel in the capital area, as ruv.is reports. The decision is part of the company’s plan to have fewer and larger work places.

Sigurdur Pálmar Thórdarson, who represents Marel’s employees in Ísafjördur, said the company’s decision had come as a surprise. He said it was a shock for the community to lose all those jobs, as reported in Morgunbladid.

“We are very surprised and disappointed in this company,” said Mayor of Ísafjördur Halldór Halldórsson. He added that if Marel wanted fewer and larger work places, it should enlarge its branch in Ísafjördur instead of shutting it down.

Marel has about 45 branches in 20 countries with about 2,200 employees, of which 350 work in Iceland. The company’s headquarters is in Reykjavík suburb Gardabaer.

Click here to read more about Marel.

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