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Heinz blame distribution costs for job losses

Heinz have blamed an "inefficient" supply chain to its markets in the Far East for the loss of 45 jobs at its factory in Kendal.

The company said that it was not cost efficient to produce baby milk products in Cumbria for export to Asia.

Instead, it says the factory in Mint Bridge Road will be making infant milks products for the European market and infant cereals and nutrition products for the UK.

It will use facilities in New Zealand to produce milk for the Far East.

“With an expanding distribution, supplying infant milks from the UK to Heinz markets in Asia and the Far East is increasingly uncompetitive and is not efficient or sustainable in the long-term.

“As a result, it is proposed that the Kendal site will focus production on infant milks for continental Europe together with dry infant cereals and nutrition products for the UK market.

“Under the proposals, including a broader efficiency review at the site, there would be a loss of 45 roles across production and management functions.”

– Spokesperson for Heinz UK

Tim Farron asks for talks on job losses

South Lakes MP Tim Farron has asked for a meeting with managers and the local council over the loss of 45 jobs at the Kendal Heinz baby food factory.

The facility, which employs 170 staff, is losing some of its production of milk products to New Zealand.

This is incredibly worrying news. I plan to meet with managers, South Lakeland District Council and the Trade Unions urgently to discuss this issue. I will be asking Heinz to bring extra production to the factory. The staff at the factory are incredibly hard working and I will be asking Heinz to do everything they possibly can to support staff and the families affected._

– Tim Farron MP & Westmorland & Lonsdale (Lib Dem)

Meeting to discuss job losses in Langholm

A meeting is being held by Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell and local councillor Denis Male to discuss the recent job losses in Langholm and Dumfries and Galloway.

More than 60 jobs have been lost in the past few weeks following the closure of a textiles factory and a care home.

Senior officials from a number of organisations including Dumfries and Galloway Council, the NHS and Scottish Enterprise are attending the meeting.

"In recent weeks we have seen the closure of Reid and Taylor with the loss of about 35 jobs, problems at Dalarran, and a number of other local concerns.

"We hope that this week's meeting in Dumfries will go some way towards trying to identify ways of addressing these local issues."

– David Mundell MP, Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, Scottish Conservatives


Job losses a 'travesty' for families

Dumfries and Galloway MP Russell Brown is sympathising with families after the loss of 40 jobs at a fabrication firm in Dalbeattie.

Administrators said the company had suffered as a result of cost over-runs on recent projects, impacted by the difficulties in the construction sector.

"This is a big blow to Dalbeattie and the loss of 40 jobs is a huge number for the area.

This is a real travesty for the workforce and their families. To find out just days before Christmas that they are being made redundant is awful news and has thrown their lives intoturmoil.

I have spoken with some of the workforce and the administrator and I have made it clear that I will do all I can to help get the employees their redundancy payments as quickly as possible.

"Once again we see the real difficulties facing the construction sector and unfortunately this is another casualty."

– Russell Brown MP, Dumfries and Galloway, Labour

Workers left shocked over company closure

Workers at Swift Horsman Limited were left shocked when they were told the company was going into administration.

40 jobs have been lost at the fabrication company in Dalbeattie.

“We were just told that the factory was closing.

"We did not get our pay last week and we have to apply for redundancy and our holiday pay. It’s a disaster for everyone, especially so near Christmas."

“It’s definitely going to be a dismal Christmas for many workers here because there are just not the jobs going around.”

– Former Employee of Swift Horsman Ltd

40 jobs go at Swift Horsman Plant

The Swift Horsman Plant in Dalbeattie Credit: Bob Geddes

A Dalbeattie factory has closed with the loss of 40 jobs after Swift Horsman Ltd went into administration.

The company, who produced pre-fabricated washroom fit-outs, also closed three other offices, meaning a total of 220 employees across the country have lost their jobs.

Administrators said the company had suffered as a result of cost over-runs on recent projects, impacted by the difficulties in the construction sector.

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