Internal restructuring
Border; Midland and Western;
Location of affected unit(s)
Manufacture Of Material For Textiles, Apparel, Leather And Related Products
Manufacture Of Textiles
13 - Manufacture of textiles

120 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
3 March 2004
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Donegal textile firm Unifi Textured Yarns (Europe), has announced that it is to shed 120 jobs. Unifi is to shut its polymer and spinning operations at its older plant in Letterkenny, and says it will consolidate its texturing operations in its more modern plant in the town. Increased competition from competitors in lower cost economies, and high fixed costs in terms of energy, equipment and local authority charges, are understood to have been factors in the decision by Unifi to scale down its Donegal plant. The latest cuts will reduce the workforce to about 300. The president of Unifi Europe, Mr Fintan McGrath, pointed out that the polymer spinning operation in Letterkenny was 'not at a size or scope to be cost competitive' in the world market. Donegal's high dependency on the vulnerable textiles sector has been exposed in recent years with over 4,000 job losses since 1997 in such companies as Fruit of the Loom, Nena Models, Herdman's and Comer Yarns as well as Unifi. Unifi is one of the world's leading producers of textured yarns. These are found in home furnishings, apparel and industrial fabrics, automotive upholstery, hosiery, and sewing thread.


  • 3 March 2004: The Irish Times


Eurofound (2004), Unifi Textured Yarns (Europe), Internal restructuring in Ireland, factsheet number 59266, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/59266.