United Kingdom
Scotland; South Western Scotland; East and West Dunbartonshire
Location of affected unit(s)
Vale of Leven
Manufacture Of Computer, Electrical Electronic And Optical Products
Manufacture Of Electrical Equipment
27 - Manufacture of electrical equipment

151 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
14 December 2006
Employment effect (start)
20 December 2006
Foreseen end date


U.S. owned Methode Electronics is due to close its factory in the Vale of Leven, West Dunbartonshire on December 20th 2006, with the loss of 151 jobs. The firm makes electronic components used by car makers. Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell has promised officials will meet bosses of an electronics factory. Mr McConnell expressed his sympathy and said it was a 'desperately sad situation' for the families affected, especially given the time of year. During First Minister's Questions, Dumbarton MSP Jackie Baillie asked if he would join her in encouraging the firm to provide a 90 day statutory notice period to all staff.

Mr McConnell said: 'It is absolutely incumbent on the company that they accept their responsibilities to those families.'

'The minister for enterprise and I have already asked our officials to meet with the company urgently in order to pursue the case for the company to meet those obligations and to do so properly and preferably before Christmas in the final salary payment.'


  • 14 December 2006: BBC News


Eurofound (2006), Methode Electronics, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 64625, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/64625.