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Jedburgh to lose 51 jobs after Mainetti restructuring

The Jedburgh coat hanger factory Photo: ITV Border

About 50 jobs could be lost in the Borders due to a restructuring programme at a coat hanger company.

Mainetti employs more than 350 staff in Jedburgh.

The company hopes to achieve the reduction through voluntary redundancies.

In 2018 the company moved some of their operations from Morocco to Jedburgh to support UK manufacturers.

But the company says that UK manufacturing has become more expensive and with less and less demand for coat hangers because of online shopping, Mainetti can't make enough to balance their costs.

In 2017 Mainetti (UK) Limited made a loss of £561,000 and this year we are forecast to make a loss again. The business is faced with an ever increasing cost base with increases in the National Minimum Wage, higher electricity costs and higher business rates."

– Jim Hutchison, Regional Managing Director

The company also plans to sell excess machinery to other Mainetti Group companies that need it.

Mainetti are speaking to the Unite union and staff to discuss the restructuring.

Employees are advised to contact their managers if they have any concerns.