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Jobs at risk as Redruth factory to pack up and go to Slovenia
2:00pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
Workers at a Redruth factory have been told their jobs are at risk as the company's owners plan to relocate to eastern Europe.
Pall Industrial, which has made filters in the town for more than 30 years, is moving from its Cardew Way factory to Slovakia.
Managing director Huw Chapman said he could not comment on reports that up to 170 jobs could be lost. The company's total workforce in Redruth is thought to be about 450.
“We hope that as a result of redeployment to other parts of the organisation we can keep job losses to an absolute minimum,” he told the Packet. “Our staff have known for some time that we plan to create a new manufacturing hub in Slovakia and that this will impact on the Redruth site.”
Pall is one of the world's biggest companies. Its headquarters are in New York. The relocation to Slovakia will not affect its other UK bases, at Newquay, Ilfracombe and Portsmouth.
“The consultation that we started this week affects only industrial filters at Redruth,” said Mr Chapman.
“Our aerospace division is not affected at all; neither are our medical filters. We don't expect the relocation to Slovakia to be complete until sometime after July next year, so we have about 9-12 months to talk to staff and help work out what is best for them.
“Certainly we see relocation and redeployment as our preferred way forward and we hope to keep any job losses to an absolute minimum.”
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