OneSteel Wire at Jindera is the latest factory to feel the pressures of cheap imports and will be looking to source gates rather than making them.

A spokesman for OneSteel Wire said he could not confirm how many workers would be affected by changes at the business, or when they would happen, but the decision to cut jobs was necessary to keep the business running.

“We’ve been going through a program of integrating our steel business from two businesses, manufacturing and distribution, into a single steel business,” he said.

“But we also look at where the growth areas are, businesses are opened up and closed based on demand in different areas, that’s what happens when you run a national operation.”

The factory will continue to manufacture other goods including silos, rural fencing and accessories and other farming products.  OneSteel has notified staff of the changes ahead.