’No plans’ to axe production jobs at Clitheroe, UK

’No plans’ to axe production jobs at Clitheroe, UK
Published: 26 September 2008

Bosses of a credit-crunch hit building firm have pledged that production will not be reduced at its Clitheroe plant, according to the Lancashire Telegraph, UK.

Fears have circulated that jobs could be axed at Castle Cement in Clitheroe as the parent company of the site, Hanson Building Products, announced cuts at factories across the country.

But boses said that only a national reduction in distribution drivers may affect a small number of staff at the site.

Hanson has announced that nationally 20 per cent of Castle Cement staff could go.

More than 1,000 people are employed at three works in Clitheroe, north Wales and Rutland, supported by terminals in Avon and Humberside, and a network of depots.

A spokesman said: “here are no proposals to reduce production or manufacturing staff at the Castel Cement site in Clitheroe.

“here is a review of distribution staff that may affect the operation in Clitheroe but any job losses would be very low.”

He said that the credit crunch and the lack of new building projects taking place across the country has had a huge impact on the firm.

Earlier this week Hanson announced it was shutting the historic Accrington Brick factory in Hyndburn, where the famous Nori bricks were manufactured, with the loss of 83 jobs.

Elsewhere within the company a kiln is to be shut down at Rutland meaning a loss of manufacturing staff.

Castle Cement meets 25 per cent of the UK demand for cement and employs around 300 people in Clitheroe.