Honeywell, a US-based electronics component manufacturer, is reported to be planning the closure of a UK-based manufacturing site.
The plant under threat is located in St Asaph, Denbyshire (Wales). The site produces plastic conduits and switches.
The factory is operated by MK Electric, manufacturer of various wiring devices. With headquarters in Basildon, Essex, MK Electric is a subsidiary of Honeywell.
Workers at the Welsh plant report they were informed of the planned closure with no prior notice. The move comes as a shock as workers had recently been asked to work overtime to support a heavy order backlog.
In a statement, the US company said: “Honeywell is proposing to transfer all activities from the St Asaph site due to a need to consolidate core manufacturing processes in fewer locations.
“Unfortunately, we realise this affects valued employees and we are committed to open communication through the consultation period.”
Peter Hughes, Wales regional secretary for the Unite union said the move was a “huge blow to their exceptional workforce and the wider economy of north Wales”.
In a related release, Unite noted: “From what limited information Honeywell has provided us with we see absolutely no business sense behind the decision. We will be using the upcoming consultation period to forensically question the company's plans and will be working closely with our members to put forward alternative proposals to reverse the decision.”
The planned closure of the St Asaph site puts about 130 jobs at risk.