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U-turn on factory closure saves 140 jobs

Jobs are safe at National Oilwell Varco in Team Valley. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

There's relief today for workers at a Gateshead oil and gas supplier who have been told that their jobs, which were in jeopardy, are now safe.

The American owners of National Oilwell Varco (NOV) Mission Products had told the staff in January of plans to stop manufacturing at the Team Valley site, affecting around 140 workers.

But the GMB Union says that because of changes in the market in America and new efficiency measures at the plant, the owners have decided to keep the plant open.

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