Proposal to close historic Leeds copper factory which employs 110 people

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A PLUMBING and heating manufacturer has announced proposals to close a historic Leeds copper factory which employs 110 people.

Pegler Yorkshire has launched a 90 day consultation with unions over proposals to close its factory in Haigh Park Road at Stourton.

Copper and brass fittings for the plumbing and heating industry are manufactured at The factory, which has operated on the site since 1888.

Pegler Yorkshire employs 1,200 people across six sites including three in Yorkshire – at Stourton, Doncaster and Manvers at Wath-Upon-Dearne near Rotherham.

Pegler bosses say the company is proposing to close the Stourton site as part of a proposed consolidation of its five manufacturing sites.

Phil Jackson, marketing a business development director of Pegler Yorkshire, said: “We have an ongoing process of reviewing our operations and we are looking at maintaining a competitive cost base in order to be able to continue to invest in the future.

“There are potentially 110 people affected.

“We will obviously be looking at ways to mitigate any loss of jobs, that is part of the consultation process. No decision has been taken yet.”