AROUND 75 employees at one of Barnstaple's best known factories will be made redundant in November.
Leaderflush Shapland, which was purchased by Laidlaw Interiors Group (LIG) in August last year, announced this afternoon (Tuesday) that the manufacturing arm of its Barnstaple site will cease work at the end of November.
The firm said it had been carrying out a comprehensive review of its door manufacturing operations in Barnstaple over the past year.
The Raleigh Works site had been sold for development and previously scheduled for closure by its former owners.
The firm said the closure would result in the loss of around 75 jobs.
A spokesman for the firm said: "We have commenced appropriate dialogue with the Employee Representatives as part of a consultation process with employees affected by this decision.
"This will include opportunities for alternative employment at other sites within the group.
"We will continue to have a commercial office in Barnstaple to support our wider business and look forward to continuing to be an employer in North Devon.
"LIG has agreed to acquire Mansfield based door manufacturer Timbmet Door Solutions Ltd (TDSL).
"Following a voluntary submission to the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) to ensure that there were no competition issues arising from this merger, the transaction has now been cleared by the OFT and the acquisition of TDSL was completed on Monday, September 17corr.
"LIG intends to continue to invest in its door business at its sites in Nottingham, Sheffield, Mansfield and India."
Laidlaw Interiors Group CEO, John Jefferies said: "Following the sale of the Raleigh Works site, we have looked at all options to maintain door manufacturing in Barnstaple.
"Unfortunately, we have been unable to find a commercially viable solution and are now consulting with our employees over the potential closure of the factory and the transfer of manufacturing to our other sites.
"We will however continue to have a commercial office in Barnstaple to support our wider business and look forward to continuing to be an employer in North Devon.
"I would like to personally thank our employees in Barnstaple for their pride, loyalty, professionalism and commitment during this difficult period."
- See Thursday's Journal for more details.