American Express has confirmed the closure of its Killarney facility with the loss of 40 full time jobs. A spokesperson told Radio Kerry News it was always their intention to close the call centre and consolidate their corporate travel network. American Express purchased the business from Rosenbluth International last year.Management told workers at a meeting last night of their intention to wind up the business from March. It`s envisaged that the process will be completed by April. The workforce has been consistently reduced over the past year and the company now only employs 40 full time staff. A spokesperson for American Express says the company is moving to bigger more modern plants as part of the rationalisation of its business and the Killarney plant is to close to avoid duplication of workload.The news is a major blow to the county coming after yesterday`s announcement which confirmed the loss of 165 jobs at The Sports Sox company in Tralee and Cahirciveen. Labour Deputy Breda Moynihan Cronin has called for the Tainiste and Minister for Enterprise Mary Harney to visit the county at the earliest opportunity to discuss the deteriorating employment situation.
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