Jobs lost as Pinguin Foods UK and Trackline International factories close

The Pinguin Food factory in Tunnel Bank
The Pinguin Food factory in Tunnel Bank

TWO factories in Bourne have closed their doors resulting in the loss of 35 jobs.

Frozen food company Pinguin Foods UK closed its factory in Tunnel Bank in Bourne at the end of last month.

UK chairman of Pinguin Foods Nigel Terry said the decision had been taken to close the Bourne factory following a business review.

He said: “You need to be as cost-effective as you can and we concluded that we could run our services from our other two factories.”

The factory was formerly owned by Christian Salvesen, which employed 100 people.

Pinguin Foods bought out the company’s food processing business in 2007 for £17.2m.

When the factory closed at the end of last month, five people lost their jobs.

The company will now run the services which were previously in operation at the factory at its other two UK premises in Boston and King’s Lynn.

And Trackline International, which had a warehouse in Tunnel Bank in Bourne, and a factory in Pinfold Road, Bourne, closed at the beginning of March after going into administration.

Peter Saville, Fraser Gray and Anne O’Keefe, who are partners at restructuring company Zolfo Cooper, were appointed administrators of Trackline in February, because of “cash flow difficulties, caused in part by the current tough trading environment and economic climate”.

The administrators continued to trade until March while attempting to find a buyer.

But after that failed, administrators announced to the 30 staff who worked at the sites that the business would close.

Mr Saville said: “Regrettably, we have been unable to find a buyer for the business and have been left with no choice other than to cease trading.”