2 Sisters plant closure to cost 450 jobs

By Aidan Fortune contact

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2 Sisters is to close its Cambuslang plant putting 450 jobs at risk
2 Sisters is to close its Cambuslang plant putting 450 jobs at risk
2 Sisters Food Group is to close its Cambuslang site in Scotland with the loss of 450 jobs.

A spokesperson said: “Following an extensive period of consultation with colleagues and external agencies, it is with regret that we can confirm the closure of our site in Cambuslang. 

“This is not a decision we take lightly. Since day one, we have been very open on the big challenges the factory faces. In fact we have been trying extremely hard to reverse the position for a considerable period of time. We have invested several million pounds since 2014 and expanded by taking on more people, yet it is still a heavily loss-making operation.

“We have tried every turnaround option available to us for several years, ranging from cost reduction measures and an attempt to grow the business organically. It has made little difference. And after many hours of talks in recent weeks, we have not seen any credible proposal to change our view.”

It had warned about the potential closure of the site back in February​, along with its Smethwick and Wolverhampton facilities. At the time, 2 Sisters said it was simplifying its operations and investing in areas where it could make the “most positive”​ difference.

The spokesperson outlined the timeline for the closure. “Work at the facility is expected to end in August and we will now explore all options in the gradual movement of product to other sites. We will continue to support all our colleagues with all the redeployment options available to us, whether inside or outside the business.”​ 

“And we will of course continue to invest in Scotland when the timing is right, as evidenced by our recent announcement to expand operations at our Coupar Angus site and create 250 new jobs.”

 ​Local MSP Clare Haughey described the announcement as “devastating for Cambuslang”​.

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The food group also recently announced that it has entered into consultation with colleagues and customers at its Five Star Fish​ site, with 400 jobs on the line.

2 Sisters unveiled a new management course to help expand the number of apprenticeships​ at the business.

Related topics: People, Meat & poultry, Skills Gap

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2 sisters closure of factory:maximize ROI in Automation in tandem with human input and staff.

Posted by Larry Imevbore,

2 sisters need to work with planning with bespoke automation solution which takes account of how much staff needed in ratio of technology to deliver constant efficiency and return on investments instead of just expanding and crashing and laying off people. Prior automation tech plan in tandem with human input is beneficial.

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