15 January 2020

South Scotland MSP and Scottish Labour’s Rural Economy Spokesperson Colin Smyth has described the news that Dumfries based vehicle conversation specialists, Penman Engineering has gone into administration for the second time in three years with the loss of 44 jobs as a “devastating blow“ to the local workforce.

The firm employs 61 people, 17 of whom will stay on to assist the administration process. The company previously went into administration in 2016 but was bought that November by Hull-based commercial vehicles group Martin Williams, who have now appointed KPMG as administrators.

Scottish Labour’s Rural Economy Spokesperson Colin Smyth said:

“This is a devastating blow for the Penman workforce, many of whom were laid off the last time the firm went into administration.

“ It is vital that the Scottish Government through Scottish Enterprise and the council’s Economic Development team respond by doing what they can to work with administrators to find a new buyer.

“This happened in 2016 and while sadly the current owners failed to deliver on their promises, if the firm is not bought I have no doubt Penman, and the jobs they provide, will disappear from Dumfries for good having been based in the town since 1859.”
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