THE future of a small town in the Boyne Valley looks uncertain after its main employer closed its doors, and cut staff from a nearby branch.

Parkside Group's Builyan Sawmill shut down on April 3, after more than 40 years operating in the area.

Builyan local Frank McKee returned from vacation this week to find out the livelihood of his country town had closed down.

"I'm a bit shell-shocked about the whole deal," he said.

"(There's) Jack diddly, nothing left. Our major employer in the whole area has just shut up shop."

Sawmill workers had been called into a morning meeting and notified of their redundancies.

A week later, 13 workers from the Theodore Sawmill were sacked, but the mill has avoided closing.

The Central Telegraph reported one worker stated they had been let go due to economic times and lack of orders.

Mr McKee originally moved to Builyan more than 40 years ago to work in the sawmill, before he went into mechanical repairs.

He described the sawmill as the lifeblood of the town.

"I have absolutely no idea, what will happen," he said.

"It's going to have a terrific impact on the whole valley."

Already one family has left the town and it is believed more are planning to move away.



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