The proposed closure of the historic Coalbrookdale foundry in Shropshire with the loss of 38 jobs has been described as ‘very disappointing’ by Unite, the country’s largest union.
The closure of the Aga Coalbrookdale foundry is due to take place in November.
Unite regional officer Matt Jones said: “Unite is currently in consultation with Aga management to save as many jobs as possible.
“We are also requesting retention and compensation packages for our members at risk through the proposed closure.
“This is a very disappointing announcement for our members and we will be doing everything possible to support members through this difficult time.”
The union said that the news is connected to the announcement by Aga Rangemaster’s US owners Middleby Corporation that more than 30 jobs are being lost at Waterford Stanley in Ireland.
The castings for Waterford Stanley cast-iron heating stoves and cookers are made in Aga Coalbrookdale and assembled in Ireland. The Waterford Stanley operation equates to 20 per cent of the work carried out at Aga foundry in Coalbrookdale.
It is proposed that the Aga castings for cookers will also be outsourced, but the building, assembly, sales, spares and after sales activity will continue to operate from the Aga Telford site.
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