Sixty jobs at risk as American owners announce closure of Birkenhead manufacturing firm (From Wirral Globe)
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Sixty jobs at risk as American owners announce closure of Birkenhead manufacturing firm
SIXTY jobs are at risk at a Wirral aircraft components firm after its American owner announced plans to close the site.
Teledyne CML Group is currently reviewing its precision machining and fabrication operations at Price Street in Birkenhead.
The company has been in operation at the site since 1949, formerly trading as KWK.
The business was taken over by American-based Teledyne Technologies in 2010.
Staff are now in redundancy consultation. The site’s closure would see the loss of 60 jobs.
An employee who asked to remain anonymous told the Globe: “This is going to be a great loss to the area’s economy and subsequently will affect other local businesses that are part of the supply chain.
“The staff are all devastated by the news and feel highly aggrieved by this decision.
"Once again it is a situation of a US company having no regard for local people and businesses.”
A statement from the company said: “We are currently going through the consultation process with our employees.
“We wish to reassure all our customers that, whatever the outcome of that review, we will ensure to the best of our ability that there is no disruption to their operations.
“This review does not affect our composites business.
“We trust that our customers and stakeholders understand the need for Teledyne CML Group, like any other business, to undertake such reviews from time to time and we appreciate their patience while we determine the right way forward for our business.”
The firm’s clients include BAE Systems, Airbus, GKN Aerospace and Mecachrome.
As part of its expansion plans, a new £1.5m composite factory was opened in Bromborough by Prince Andrew two years ago.
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