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Kellogg’s factory due to close, with 360 job losses

Kellogg’s is set to close its 90-year-old factory, with the loss of around 360 jobs.

The announcement was made by Kellanova, which runs the company, following three months of talks with union and staff representatives.

Negotiations ended in a formal agreement with enhanced redundancy packages for staff at the Trafford Park plant and redeployment where possible.

When a ‘potential’ closure was cited by Kellanova back in February, its age and redundant space were mentioned as reasons.

Chris Silcock, UK managing director, said the closure was “nothing to do with the outstanding people” who work there but said there wasn’t a long-term future for the site.

He added that only half the space in the buildings are used and the investment require to maintain the factory was not viable.

“We understand confirmation of something significant like a closure is never easy to hear and we will try to make it as smooth as possible. This means we will work with partners on things like outplacement support for our employees and, for the community, we will start to explore the long-term future of the site,” Mr Silcock added.

Usdaw represents production workers at the plant.

Mick Murray, Usdaw area organiser said: “This is devastating news for the staff to hear that the Kellogg’s manufacturing site in Manchester’s Trafford Park is being closed. This iconic site opened in 1938 and was the first manufacturing base for Kellogg’s in Britain.

“Usdaw has engaged in meaningful consultation talks with the company. Regrettably it became clear that the site is not fit for purpose and unable to accommodate modern manufacturing processes.

“Through the consultation talks we have secured an enhanced redundancy package for those leaving the business. We are providing our members with the support, advice and representation at this difficult time through the individual consultations, where we will be seeking redeployment and retraining opportunities.”

Almost one million boxes of the nation’s favourite cereals including Rice Krispies and Coco Pops are made at the Trafford plant every day.

The Kellogg’s plant is to close by the end of 2026.

Pic credit: Marmalade Photos 

 

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