Stoke & Staffordshire

Twyford Bathrooms to close Alsager factory

Staff at a bathrooms firm in Cheshire have been told 157 people will lose their jobs when it closes its factory in Alsager in 2011.

Twyford Bathrooms blamed difficult economic circumstances for the closure.

Previously the firm said the factory closure would safeguard 183 other jobs in the area.

The company, which makes toilets, baths and showers at Alsager, began consultations with staff, unions and councillors in May.

Mike Conlon, the firm's senior vice president, said: "The unprecedented economic times, not only in the UK but across Europe, which the bathroom industry is facing means that we felt we had no other option open to us.

"I fully realise and appreciate the significance of this decision and I will ensure that open communication and consultation will continue with representatives of those affected."

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