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Jobs threatened at CommScope cable factory in Lochgelly

CommScope facility in Lochgelly Image copyright Google
Image caption About 50 jobs are at risk at the facility in Lochgelly

US telecoms company CommScope has announced plans to end its cable manufacturing operations in Fife, threatening dozens of jobs.

The network infrastructure specialist has started consulting employees on the partial closure of its plant in Lochgelly.

It is understood about 50 out of 135 posts at the site are at risk.

Its engineering operations in Lochgelly are not thought to be affected by the move.

In a statement, the company said: "CommScope informed employees (on) 5 April at its Lochgelly, Scotland facility of the start of a consultation process regarding the potential discontinuation of manufacturing operations at the site.

"A decision about the changes being considered will not be made until the consultation process has been completed, which will take a minimum of 30 days."

Four years ago, Scottish Enterprise awarded CommScope a grant of £275,000 towards the cost of a new £1m production line at its Fife facility, which was formerly owned by Andrew Ltd.

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