Tarmac in Tallington to close leaving 209 out of work

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A FACTORY laid off 130 workers last week with 79 more to follow after its closure was confirmed.

Tarmac told staff that its Tallington manufacturing plant would close following a three-month consultation.

The factory, which makes precast blocks of concrete, has stopped taking on new work, making about 130 people redundant immediately.

The remaining staff are being kept on site to finish the remaining contracts.

They will be made redundant when the contracts are completed, which is expected to be before December.

Chief executive of Tarmac Building Products, Blair Illingworth, said: “We have made the tough decision to close most of our precast concrete and precast flooring operations.

“Regrettably, this means that Tallington will close to new business from April 15, with the loss of 209 jobs.

“We have explored every option for keeping Tallington open but market conditions and reduced demand for its particular products mean that it’s not economically viable.

“We’ve gone through a thorough consultation process and will continue to do all we can to provide people with support and guidance in finding jobs elsewhere.”

The firm announced the plant was under threat five days before Christmas and has been consulting with unions since.

The firm will close three more concrete manufacturing sites around the country with a total loss of 467 jobs.

The firm is keeping its TermoDeck, SafetyDeck and Dolyhir Fast Floor businesses open.

Dave Shamma, regional organiser for GMB union, said: “There is very little work like that left in the area so it will be difficult for people to get jobs elsewhere.

“But our job is to make sure our members get the best package possible and we have done that.”