POLITICIANS are battling to save more than 100 jobs at the car parts factory in Llanfyllin.

More than 100 jobs are at risk after major employer Stadco announced plans to close its factory in the town.

At this month’s town council meeting, County Councillor Peter Lewis told members that there was still “plenty of work for the next six months” at the site while the Welsh Government, Montgomeryshire MP Craig Williams and MS Russell George talk with the owners.

Cllr Lewis said: “The announcement came as a great shock about Stadco, but the Welsh Government are very much involved in trying to see a way forward.

“There is plenty of work left there for the next six months, and Craig (Williams MP) and Russ (George MS) are looking at how they can help them keep going.

“There was a downturn in the motor industry even before coronavirus, we’re doing all we can, and the Welsh Government and Craig are in discussions with Magna”

Earlier this month Stadco informed its staff of restructure to its body-in-white divisions ­– which produces panels for major car manufacturers.

Canadian car parts giant Magna International, said all of its 129 roles at Ffordd Y Cain in Llanfyllin were at risk, along with another 40 in Telford and three in the West Midlands.

A spokesman said: “The proposal if ratified would see the closure of its Powys facility, in addition to headcount reductions at its Telford and Castle Bromwich facilities and Group offices.

“This will put 129 employees at risk in Powys, 40 in Telford and 3 in Castle Bromwich.

“A period of formal collective consultation will now begin with the recognised Trade Union, employee representatives and individuals as appropriate.

“Magna is focused on ensuring continued supply for current customers and providing support and assistance to all affected employees.