Kent air-conditioning manufacturer to close down
An established air-conditioning plant in Edenbridge is to close down with the loss of 110 jobs
An air-conditioning manufacturer in Kent has ceased operations and laid off over 100 staff following a string of financial difficulties that became unsustainable.
Eaton-Williams Group stopped production of its climate control units on September 30 this year, with the official closing down date set for November 30, when the firm’s factory in Fircroft Way, Edenbridge, will close for good.
The firm employed a total of 130 staff at the manufacturing plant. Following the closure, 110 of the factory workers now find themselves without a job. The remaining 20 employees have been transferred to new positions within Nortek Global HVAC, the parent company of the Eaton-Williams Group.
A second Eaton-Williams factory based in Stoke-on-Trent is also to close on November 30, with further job losses, but a smaller factory in Tonbridge is to continue operations.
Eaton-Williams became an affiliate of Nortek Global HVAC in 2015 in an attempt to save the struggling firm from financial ruin.
The air-conditioning plant had been running at a loss for a considerable period, and, although losses improved following the business shake-up, the improvement has not been significant enough to justify remaining open any longer.
Two products which were manufactured at the Edenbridge facility, the VAPAC and Process Cooling, will continue to be produced at a Nortek Global HVAC plant by the team of 20 staff from Edenbridge.
Simon Parker, vice president and general manager of Nortek Europe, thanked the employees who have been made redundant and who will receive ‘full outplacement support’.
He said: “Many of the employees have considerable service and we wish to thank them for their support during this difficult time.”
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