Twenty-two people will lose their jobs at a company which distributes building supplies nationwide.
The job losses include 18 people at the Taranaki branch of Forman Building Systems and four from its Auckland centre.
Engineering, Printing and Manufacturing Union Taranaki organiser Jen Natoli said that was only the beginning, as six more branches of the company were due to be closed as part of an amalgamation.
The Taranaki branch was one of the most profitable branches for the company, she said.
Those being laid off were highly skilled tradespeople, and it was likely they would have to move overseas to find work.