Adams Foods employees to leave Wincanton jobs
Most members of staff at the largest employer in a Somerset town are to leave their jobs next week.
Cheese packing company Adams Foods is moving its packing from Wincanton, where it employs about 180 staff, to a £27m facility in Leek, Staffordshire.
About 25 employees are moving with the company, 20-25 will continue to pack cheese in Somerset, and the remainder are being made redundant.
A local businessman has called for firms to consider moving to the town.
A spokeswoman from Adams Foods said the Wincanton site would remain open "for the foreseeable future" with about 20-25 employees remaining to pack cheese.
"With that in mind it is too early to say what will happen to the site in the future," she said.
"Adams Foods Ltd would like to thank all of its employees for their dedication and professionalism during the handover phase to Leek.
"Around 25 of the Wincanton team will be remaining with us and moving to Leek and we thank them for their support.
"Many others have found jobs locally and we are continuing to support those who are yet to find roles."
Richard Clothier runs cheddar cheese producer Wyke Farms, which employs 120 people in Wincanton.
He called for firms to consider moving to the site.
"It's a fantastic distribution point here, it's a fantastic site," he said.
"I'm sure there are loads of businesses in the UK that if they knew that this site was here and there was an available workforce, would definitely be looking at it fairly quickly."
John Smith, from Wincanton Businesses Together, added: "We're clearly in very difficult times, nationally and internationally.
"Wincanton isn't immune from that, we are struggling."