Sports Socks Company to finish manafacturing in Kerry

165 employees at the Sports Socks Company in Tralee and Caherciveen are to lose their jobs as the Israeli parent company finishes manufacturing in Kerry. Delta Industries announced this afternoon that 112 permanent jobs will be phased out between now and the end of July. The Caherciveen operation, which employs 53 contract workers, will close in April.Just after 3 o’clock this afternoon workers here at the sports socks plant in Tralee were given the devastating news. Company General Manager Stephen Barter is blaming increased costs for the job losses and says the closures, here in Tralee and in Caherciveen, are as a result of unsustainable business losses.Leaving the Tralee plant in 1 and 2’s this afternoon downbeat workers remained silent. For their part management will meet with company representatives tomorrow and say they will fulfill their obligations to the workers. Minister John O’Donoghue says he’s very disappointed and is impressing on the tanaiste the urgent need for enterprise units. 147 redundancies were announced for Sports Socks in August of last year and before today’s news the plant at caherciveen had only 21 staff remaining Tralee had 98 who were put on protective notice.