Fears that 150 jobs could be lost at Mansfield factory

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More than 150 jobs are feared to be at risk at a Mansfield factory after bosses confirmed plans to downsize.

Staff at Leaderflush Shapland, which manufactures specialist doors on Millennium Business Park, off Chesterfield Road North, have been told they could face redundancy as the market continues to struggle after the recession.

A number of staff are set to remain at the factory, while others will be offered positions at the firm’s main office in Langley Mill, Derbyshire.

It is thought many of the 250-plus staff on site will be handed their redundancy.

Peter O’Brien, commercial director, confirmed a 45-day consultation process had begun and would have a clearer idea of the number of job losses at the end of August.

He said: “We are looking at our manufacturing operation at Mansfield and we are looking at transferring some production and administration to Langley Mill.

“We are not closing the factory in Mansfield but there will be a greater focus at Langley Mill.

“We are scaling back the capacity at Mansfield.

“Our first priority is to consult with our workers and put forward alternative proposals, which could affect the outcome.”

Mr O’Brien said the company is the leading UK manufacturer of security, sound proof and fire doors, many used in hospitals and schools.

The factory was formerly known as TDSL (Timbmet Door Solutions Limited).

However, he says the market was still ‘very depressed’ since the recession, but was hopeful that trade would still pick up.

One worker, contacted Chad and feared much of the workforce would be handed redundancy.

He thought between 40 and 50 workers would make the switch to Langley Mill, with just 40 jobs remaining at the Mansfield factory.

Mr O’Brien would not be drawn on how many jobs could be lost but denied a claim that up to 90 per cent would lose their jobs.

The worker, who did not want to be named, told Chad: “The director came and told us on Tuesday what was happening, but it’s been a shock. A lot of the workers are absolutely stunned.

“One young lad has just signed for a mortgage for a house and it looks like he’s going to be out of a job.

“There’s just not enough work for the workforce, so they’re on about reducing the manpower.

“There has not been a lot of work for us since the end of May, it’s been on a day-to-day basis.”