Accrington Brick Works To Temporarily Be Mothballed Again
NEARLY 40 jobs are at risk at Accrington’s famous brickworks after bosses announced plans to mothball the site.
Citing economic uncertainty as a reason, owner Forterra, which makes the famous Nori brick, said it will be entering into a consultation period with employees at its factories in Accrington and Claughton.
The company said it will keep some of its 38 employees on to maintain the Accrington site, but production will be stopped for the foreseeable future. A total of 61 staff across the two sites will enter the 30-day consultation period.
Work at the site, formally known as the Nori brickworks, was hailed as a ‘sign of the improving economy’ by Prime Minister David Cameron and Chancellor George Osborne on a trip in January 2015.
In a statement, Forterra said: “Given current economic uncertainty and sufficient brick inventory levels, the board has reviewed the current production plan.
Both of these brick plants were mothballed between 2010 and 2014 and the company has demonstrated its capability to successfully bring production back online in a short period of time.
Bosses said they will be keeping some staff on for maintenance and for selling current stock, but they will not be producing anything for the foreseeable future.
Citing the use of the famous bricks in the Blackpool Tower and the Empire State Building, the leader of Hyndburn Council, Cllr Miles Parkinson, said its strength was ‘known across the world’.
He said: “The news was a major concern for the employees and their families”.
Information taken from Lancashire Telegraph