Nelson factory could shed 95 jobs

The Lancashire division of Reticel could be closed at a cost of 95 jobs as the company looks to streamline its operations.

RecticelThe Nelson factory is currently part of a manufacturing process which takes polyurethane foam manufactured in Alfreton and converts it for use as foam for companies such as Silentnight.

However, a statement released by the firm outlines plans to combine both activities into its Midlands address, and all staff have been told they face the possibility of redundancy by September. The company said: "The activities of the Nelson site are under consideration for integration in to the capacities at the converting unit in Alfreton.

"All 95 employees at the site have been put under risk of redundancy. During the consultation period, which will start soon, the group is committed to search together with employee representatives for the most appropriate social support measures, including mobility to other Recticel UK Flexible Foams’ plants."

Pendle councillor Mohammed Iqbal said he fears that the wider implications of the mass redundancy could affect three times as many jobs in the town.