Job losses expected at South Normanton company

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Jobs are expected to be lost at the South Normanton offices of structural steel group Severfield-Rowen Plc.

The Yorkshire-based company has announced the start of a staff consultation period as part of the continuing restructuring of its newly-formed Severfield-Watson Structures business.

A company spokesman said that the process is expected to lead to around 93 job losses at the business’s manufacturing facilities at Lostock, Lancashire, and at the commercial offices, which are in South Normanton.

The company could not go into detail as to how many jobs would be lost at each site, but the spokesman said it was needed to ‘address underlying operational inefficiencies’. Severfield-Rowen is the UK’s largest steel specialist, but in November last year reported tough operating conditions and the ‘headcount reduction” of around 50 positions.

Coun Alan Tomlinson, cabinet member for regeneration at Bolsover District Council, said: “We do not know exactly how many employees this will affect at the South Normanton offices but it is certainly not good news for the area.

“We are doing our level best to try to help businesses and bring in investment to the area and we will do all we can to work with those affected to try to help them find suitable alternative employment.”