Task force to tackle Rolls-Royce East Kilbride plant closure
A task force has been set up to look at the impact of a decision by Rolls-Royce to close its plant in East Kilbride.
The firm said last week the 59-year-old plant would close in 2015 and its 600 staff transfer to a modern facility at Inchinnan, near Glasgow Airport.
South Lanarkshire Council has set up the task force to examine the fall-out.
It is asking ministers and Rolls-Royce for financial help for the area and consideration of how the site might be redeveloped for new industry.
In a joint statement, East Kilbride councillors, Chris Thompson and Graham Simpson, said: "We are extremely disappointed at the decision of Rolls-Royce to close their major plant in East Kilbride.
"The impact on the workforce, many of whom are local and third generation, cannot be underestimated.
"This decision will also have a significant impact on the local economy, particularly on many local businesses that depend on the plant and its workforce."
The statement said the task force would be approaching Rolls-Royce, the Scottish government and economic development agency Scottish Enterprise.
It added: "We are calling on the Scottish government and Rolls-Royce to provide financial assistance towards the development of the local economy and to consider how the site might be redeveloped for new industry."Korean War
Rolls-Royce said last week that the move would be more efficient, improve value for customers and deliver a better working environment for employees.
It will see the East Kilbride workforce move 16 miles to Inchinnan, joining 1,000 other staff already working there.
Rolls-Royce employs more than 2,100 people in Scotland, including its operation at Inchinnan, which makes manufacturing components for the civil, defence, energy and marine sectors.
The company said more than £85m had been invested at the plant to bring it to modern standards.
The East Kilbride plant first opened to service engines during the Korean War.
More recently, Rolls-Royce said demand the services offered at its East Kilbride plant had reduced, leading to job cuts in the last few years.