MORE than 100 jobs are expected to go with the closure of a troubled Newton Abbot double glazing factory.
Workers at DB Glass on Brunel Road – which has suffered a round of industrial walkouts over the last year – were told their jobs were at risk last week.
Bosses dropped the bombshell that a 45-day consultation period would be pursued ahead of any final decision on the matter.
Last Thursday’s factory floor announcement left staff thunderstruck at the devastating news.
One told the Mid-Devon Advertiser this morning: ‘Everyone is crushed by this news. It’s terrible for us – and the town. No one expected this. The mood here is very dark and down at the moment.’
Another employee, who has worked for the company for 20 years, complained: ‘We were told by the management that all our jobs were under threat – and the factory was closing. I don’t think there will be any jobs after that.’
He feared that just over 100 workers would be laid off with as many as 20 admin staff joining them in the dole queue.
Some employees had been with the firm for as long as 35 years.
‘We’ve been in Newton Abbot for about 20 years. It’s such a big loss for the town to take. Most of the men who work here in the factory live locally or in the Torquay area,’ said the disgruntled worker.
He added: ‘Everyone is not the least bit amused by what is happening. At the end of the meeting we were told to make sure we were back at work by 6am on Monday. One replied: ‘I don’t think so.’ ’
He said the industrial action which had plagued DB Glass lately – over pay and conditions - had been in response to a change in shifts and longer hours.
‘People here will be trying to get jobs as soon as they can. It’s so sad because we all work well together – and now we are going to be dispersed. Where will we find jobs now?
‘Job agencies were not aware of what was happening. They do now.’
DB Glass has said in a statement that they cannot comment on the matter until the conclusion of the consultation.
One member of staff felt the Newton Abbot operation would be shifted to Northampton to save distribution transport costs and time.