Caterpillar is to suspend production at its Springvale plant in Belfast for a three-week period.
The company confirmed the temporary measure will take effect from Monday, April 6 through to April 24.
A spokesperson for Caterpillar said: “Impacted employees will now be furloughed in line with the UK Government Job Retention Scheme for this entire period.”
The American giant’s factory in Larne remains open.
The spokesperson added: “Customers use our machines, engines, generator sets and parts to provide electric and stand-by power for hospitals, grocery stores and data centres; they transport food and critical supplies on the roads and rails; they mine essential commodities and extract the fuels to enable stable electricity; and much more.
“The Caterpillar facility in Larne manufactures 4 gas powered and diesel driven generator sets.”
Last week the firm said staff safety is a “priority” after concerns were voiced around social distancing at the Larne operation during the Covid-19 pandemic.
A spokesperson for the company told this newspaper: “Caterpillar continues to operate its Larne facility while adhering to the Government’s guidance.
Our employees’ safety, health and well-being remain a top priority.”
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