Major job cuts at factory
SHOCK job losses are on the cards at a factory three years after the company took over the site.
Metalwork company Fablink UK has confirmed it will be making about 30 people redundant from its factory in Evenwood.
County councillor Pauline Charlton said the news was a “tragedy”.
She added: “This will affect the village and everybody living in it.”
A spokeswoman from Fablink said employees had been told they were at risk of being made unemployed but the details had not been finalised.
She added that nothing would be officially decided until the end of the consultation period, which is due to finish this week. It is not yet known exactly how many jobs will be lost, but it is understood to be about 30.
County councillor Stephen Hugill said he was going to visit the factory to see if anything could be done.
He said: “It’s a bit of a shock. I thought the factory there was going really well.
“I’m going to pay a visit to see what the problems are and see what can be salvaged.”
The company, which currently employs around 175 people, is one of the main employers in the area.
The Wolverhampton-based company, which manufactures metal car parts, took over the site in 2009 after Evenwood Industries, which was founded in 1898, went into administration.
The workforce was reduced to 37 employees but Fablink built the business back up and last year it had a turnover of about £1million.
The news of the redundancies has come as a major blow.
Rob Yorke, chairman of the South Durham Enterprise Agency, said: “It’s very, very bad news, especially when it’s running up to Christmas. Any jobs lost are very bad for the area.
“What we are doing is trying to encourage job creation and growth so to see 30 jobs go from Fablink is a really sad state of affairs.
“I know they’ve had a lot of problems with the factory there going back but we really thought they had turned the corner and were on the increase.
“We will work closely with the company and employees to see if we can help out.
“There are quite a few automobile companies in the area so hopefully people will be able to move into other jobs in the area.”