Thamesteel plant to reopen

A steel plant on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent has been bought out of administration this morning and is to re-open "in the near future"

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Unions welcome steel saviours

Michael Leahy, general secretary of steel union Community, which represents the former Thamesteel workforce, has welcomed news that the plant has been bought out of administration.

This is fantastic news for our members who have been campaigning since the closure in January. We fought a long, hard campaign taking our 'Save our Steel' message right to the heart of government and winning the backing of the local community on the Isle of Sheppey.

It is a moment for our members to feel proud of their efforts and overcoming the challenges they have faced in recent months before we look forward to a renewed partnership with the new owners so we can bring steelmaking and jobs back to Sheerness."

– Michael Leahy, general secretary, Community.


New jobs for Sheerness as steel plant is bought

Thamesteel plant on the Isle of Sheppey Credit: ITV Meridian

The former Thamesteel plant at Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey has been sold out of administration to a new company. The administrators say it means steel production will be able to recommence at the site "in the near future".

They also say "a large number of jobs" are likely to be recreated, to replace those that were lost when the plant shut down on January 25th. Hundreds of people were made redundant at the time.

The shutdown cost the local economy more than a million pounds a week; more than a fifth of the local population are employed in manufacturing.

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