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Lincolnshire generator plant closure puts hundreds of jobs at risk

Cummins has had operations in the U.K. for over 50 year Credit: ITV News Anglia

Hundreds of jobs are at risk at a manufacturing plant in Lincolnshire which is set to close.

Cummins Generator Technologies in Stamford has announced it will shut its facility in Barnack Road in the next 12 months.

The company, which makes generators, employs around 500 people.

Cummins Generator Technologies said its Barnack Road site was not sustainable Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cummins said despite investment and efforts to improve productivity, the factory remains uncompetitive.

A spokesperson from Cummins said, “This was a difficult decision for us to make. We recognise the impact that closing our Barnack Road facility will have, but despite extensive efforts we have sadly not be able to secure a sustainable future for the site.

"By undertaking this reorganisation we will be able to improve productivity, deliver greater value for our customers and ensure that our manufacturing operations remain sustainable.”

“We remain committed to Stamford and believe our new centre of excellence will allow us to establish a deeper technical presence now, and for the long-term. We will be actively working to support our employees and the community during the transition.”

The firm hopes to keep redundancies to a minimum by employing staff in other sites Credit: ITV News Anglia

Unite the union said the announcement is ‘a massive blow to the Lincolnshire economy’.

Today’s announcement is a massive blow to the Lincolnshire economy and is terrible news for the workers, whose jobs are under threat, and their families.

The company, which makes generators for power stations, appears to be blaming the state of the UK economy and Brexit for this decision.

There are also proposals to move some production to Romania.

We are entering the 45 day consultation period and our goal is to safeguard the employment of our members to the maximum extent and investigate the plans to move 150 people to a centre of excellence in Ryhall Road in the town.

This still leaves some 300 workers rightly concerned about their future.

– Scott Lennon, Unite
A spokesperson for Cummins said they will be actively working to support its employees and the community. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Cummins said they will support employees and the community during the transition.

The firm said it remains committed to maintaining a presence in the town and plans to invest in a new technical centre of excellence at its Ryhall Road facility.

This is expected to create 150 long-term jobs.

The company has had operations in the U.K. for over 50 years and currently has eight manufacturing facilities, employing 4,500 employees in total.