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Confirmed: 152 jobs to go as West Cumbria factory closes

The Eastman chemical factory in Workington. Photo:

It has been confirmed the Eastman chemical factory in Workington will close, with the loss of 152 jobs.

The winding down process will begin in the next few days, production will end in April, and the closure of the site is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2015.

The company says it's a business decision, and isn't reflective of the performance of people who work at the site:

“This was a difficult decision because it impacts team members who have made valuable contributions to our company.

“Eastman’s decision to close the Workington plant is not a reflection of the performance of the employees who work at the site and we will be doing all we can to support employees to ensure they are treated with the respect they deserve.”

– Linda Hensley, Eastman

The factory manufactures acetate tow, which is used in products like cigarette filters.

Eastman is expecting the closure to save the company more than £13m every year, and says the closure itself will cost around £67m.