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Shock as 64 factory jobs face the axe
UP to 64 jobs could be lost in Shipston following an announcement that the town’s largest employer is facing closure.
GE Power & Water confirmed last week it is proposing to close Turbine Blading Ltd in Station Road, which has been the town’s biggest employer since Norgren shut in 2008. The company will now begin a 30-day consultation period before a final decision is made.
Nicolas Delaby, spokesman for GE Power & Water, said: “This announcement is in no way a reflection of our employees and their hard work, but part of a long-term strategy to simplify our business, manage costs and improve the overall competition position of our fulfilment network.
“We expect a consultation period for a minimum of 30 days. Subject to the consultation, the business will decide whether or not to close the facility. If so – in this kind of transition, GE provides a full range of services and benefits – fully supporting employees.”
News of the proposed closure has left members of the community deeply concerned.
Councillor Richard Cheney, ward member at Stratford District Council, said it was a big blow for the town.
“This would be devastating for all those working there and their families,” he said.
“I feel that it is important that we keep employment sites open in South Warwickshire.
Manufacturing should be playing a very important part in local employment.”
Fellow ward member Councillor Jeff Kenner has called on GE not to proceed with the closure and has asked for a meeting with management.
“The announcement of the proposed closure of Turbine Blading is a devastating blow for the town,” he said. “The workers are highly-skilled, hard-working and productive at the cutting-edge of energy technology. The whole town is determined to come together to fight the closure.”
Tina Cook, chairman of Stour United Businesses, added: “Turbine Blading has been a major employer in Shipston for 40 years, employing and retaining a highly skilled workforce. We are deeply concerned about the impact the closure will have on the employees and their families and the economic activity in Shipston.”