``I AM not very good at saying goodbye. It is going to be very emotional and there is going to be a huge sense of loss''.
They are words of long-time ACL Bearing Company employee George Gul describing the day he will leave the failed car parts manufacture for the final time.
The remaining 135 staff members at ACL gathered at Launceston's Country Club for a ``bittersweet'' evening last night.
The electrical team leader started at the company in 1987, however, receiver manager Grant Thornton decided to shut the business down in June 30, 2014, after four years in voluntary administration.
Mr Gul said it was the final get-together before the winding down process begins on October 1.
``It is the finale of the social club, there will be no more meat raffles or mid- and end-of-year dinners,'' Mr Gul said.
``It is not only the job and the pay packet every week, it is the friendship, the camaraderie and the humour - that is going to be the worst part.
``It is going to be extremely difficult to say goodbye to all my friends, especially my electrical crew.''