Mayor Hamish McDouall says Whanganui District Council will work hard with Mars Petcare and Whanganui & Partners to give the 152 affected workers options in the future.

Mars confirmed this week the plant will close at the end of next year.

"My sympathies go out to those who have got an unsettled time in front of them," McDouall said.

"What's good is there is quite a long lead time which will allow many of the Mars associates to find alternative employment which is great.

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"I've made it clear to Mars that my expectation is that every employee will be either

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