A third generation worker at Nottingham's Imperial Tobacco factory has told ITV Central he plans to emigrate when the site closes in 2016.
Solway Foods has confirmed that it is to close its food processing plant in Corby, Northamptonshire with the loss of 930 jobs.
More people are in work as new figures show unemployment has fallen to 8.1% in the West Midlands and by 6.4% in the East Midlands.
Almost 6,000 have been created or safeguarded by foreign direct investment in Greater Birmingham and Solihull over the past year.
The figures, released by Marketing Birmingham, show a 68% increase on the previous year.
The jobs boost is worth more than £350m to the economy.
A hundred jobs are being created in the East Midlands with the creation of a huge recycling plant in the Middle East.
Technology company Chinook Sciences, based in Nottingham, has won a £300 million deal to build the facility in Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. The plant, which will convert waste to energy, will be the largest of its kind anywhere in the world.
The deal will also benefit Chinook's many suppliers across the country, safeguarding 650 jobs.
The Government says it is the first major deal announced under a new programme of support to help medium-sized businesses increase their exports.
Today, Trade and Investment Minister, Lord Livingston, visited Chinook's command centre at Nottingham Science Park.
Around 200 jobs in Britain are to be created and another 650 secured after Nottingham-based technology company Chinook Sciences won a £300 million deal with the United Arab Emirates.
Around 100 of the new jobs will be based in the East Midlands.
The company will build the world's biggest advanced thermal energy-from-waste facility in the Emirate of Sharjah.
Trade Minister Lord Livingston, said:
"Our medium-sized businesses have the potential to be economic powerhouses for the UK. Their success is dependant on expanding beyond domestic markets. Chinook Sciences is a great example of a company doing just that."
A food company in Northamptonshire says it wants to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies after it announced the closure of its food processing plant.
Solways Foods in Corby announced that 900 jobs could be lost, but the firm says it will redeploy people where possible.
It is closing the site by the late summer because it says it is no longer viable.
A food processing plant in Corby is to close in the summer with the loss of 900 jobs.
Although 500 job losses had already been threatened at Solway Foods, discussions had been continuing to try to save the factory.
Solway Foods is the town's second largest employer, but the company says the factory, which opened in 1988, is no longer viable.
A food processing factory in Northamptonshire which is under threat of closure has held talks over its future.
Solway Foods in Corby announced on Friday that it had begun a 45 day consultation period, putting more than 900 jobs at risk.
This morning bosses met with the local MP Andy Sawford and the Borough Council. They are setting up a joint task force to try to help the factory stay open.
A Northamptonshire food processing factory, which is under threat of closure, has started talks about its future.
Solway Foods in Corby announced on Friday that it's begun a 45 day consultation period, putting more than 900 jobs at risk.
Company bosses met with the local MP Andy Sawford and the leader of Corby Borough Council, Tom Beattie, this morning.
A task force is now being set up by Andy Sawford MP and the Council to try to help the factory stay open.
Andy Sawford MP, said. "We aim to do anything we can to keep Solway here in the town and obviously we want to talk to them about their decision making process, about time scales for any changes."
Solway Foods have announced that their future in Corby is at risk, putting 900 jobs in doubt.
MP for Corby, Andy Sawford, says he has arranged 'urgent' talks with Solway Chief Executive, Vipal Patel.
I have spoken with representatives of Solway Foods today. My thoughts are with the 900 strong workforce who will now all be very worried about the future of their jobs. This news comes as a shock. Solway operate in a very competitive market, they have recently lost some customers and they tell me the Corby site is ageing. Solway have told me that they will consider all possibilities, including options for staying in Corby, and I have offered to help in anyway I can.