Martin McGuinness has held talks with Seagate chiefs at their headquarters in California.
The Foyle MLA and deputy First Minister met with Dave Mosley, President, Seagate Operations and Technology, at the company’s Silicon Valley base.
During the visit, Mr. McGuinness hailed the digital giant’s “major contribution” to the Derry economy.
“Seagate operate in a very dynamic and fast paced technology industry,” he told the ‘Journal’ from the US.
“In May of this year, we were all given a reminder of this with the news that 70 people were to be made redundant in Derry as part of 1,600 globally. This development impacts beyond the gates of Springtown and puts pressure on families, communities and the local economy.
“Seagate may be global players but there is a very strong local connection and affinity for the company in Derry. We will leave no stone unturned in our efforts to support the company in any way possible.”
During his talks with Seagate’s senior executive team, Mr. McGuinness said he “reinforced” the importance of Seagate to the NW economy, not only in terms of jobs and wealth creation, but also in terms of the “credibility its presence offers internationally as a location for investment.”
He added: “We understand Seagate has to make global decisions which leave them best placed to grow and sustain their business but, naturally, the Springtown facility is of massive importance to us locally. As an Executive, we will continue to engage positively and leave the lines of communication open so, together, we can proactively try to manage and mitigate global pressures, where possible.
“I remain committed to working towards a better sustainable economic future for all and will make every effort to ensure Seagate and all other businesses are given the support they need to grow, retain and create jobs and, ultimately, improve lives.”