A third generation worker at Nottingham's Imperial Tobacco factory has told ITV Central he plans to emigrate when it closes in two years.
Andy Littlewood, 39, began working at the Thane Road site, as an apprentice when he was 16 years old.
He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather Bert, who worked there for 42 years, and his father Peter, who was there for 33 years.
Andy said the factory's closure ends over 100 years of history.
Andy is one of 540 Imperial Tobacco workers, who will lose their jobs when the company moves production to eastern Europe in May 2016.
Bosses have blamed increased regulation, a growing black market trade and a reduction in sales for the decision.
Andy said he won't be sticking around in the UK to find a new job in engineering.
Recently, workers at the factory in Nottingham accepted a 'substantial' redundancy package.
The factory's closure ends a link with the city that goes back to the first half of the 19th century.