Over 4,000 workers employed by Holden are set to be unemployed after the brand’s plant in North Adelaide shuts its doors for good in 2017. Though, as the Australian dollar continues to tumble in value, Holden has announced it will be retaining more of its upper-level engineers than previously thought.
But, for the blokes working the assembly line, there is a ray of hope, too. Thomas Foods International has signed an agreement with a Thailand-based group to develop a new food processing center, and chief executive Darren Thomas says North Adelaide is looking like a likely home for the facility.
“This investment will be significant,” Thomas told reporters. “It will be in the millions of dollars and the jobs will be there, and they’ll be significant as well.
“There has been a lot of talk about the northern suburbs….it would be a logical choice to be looking there.”
The state government, as well as Holden itself, are providing job training and employment assistance to individuals who will be laid off once Australian auto manufacturing ceases but, this latest piece of news may be the best information yet for distressed soon to be ex-Holden employees.