Kimberly-Clark to close Huggies nappies plant in Barton-upon-Humber
Kimberly-Clark has confirmed it is planning to close its giant manufacturing plant in Barton-upon-Humber, putting 378 jobs at risk.
The international giant, which makes Huggies nappies, said this lunchtime it was making "strategic changes" in Europe and proposed closing the Barton mill by the end of 2013.
It is understood staff were briefed this morning.
The plant, opened 20 years ago, is a major driver of the Humber economy and employs workers from around the region, including Hull and the East Riding.
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In a statement, Kimberly-Clark said: "The company has taken the difficult decision to propose the closure of the Barton mill, which manufactures nappies for the UK market.
"The company will work proactively with employees and local employee representatives during this difficult time and ensure the appropriate consultation processes are followed.
"It is expected that the majority of actions associated with this proposal will be completed by the end of 2013."
Barton's mayor, Paul Vickers, said the news was devastating.
"Our thoughts are with the workers," he said. "We have to do all we can to make sure the work force can find other employment.
"With the Humber Bridge tolls coming down we hope we can continue to encourage businesses into the area.
"This does not just affect Barton but the wider Humber area too."
Video: Dave Faddis, vice-president for supply chain at Kimberly-Clark Consumer Europe, on the Barton proposals
Vicky Vickers, from Barton Chamber of Trade and Industry, said it was a "body blow" to the area.
"It is a very sad day for everyone.
"These are superb premises so hopefully someone will take them over. You just have to feel sorry for the staff."
Kimberly-Clark said the decision had been taken because it had been "unable to build a sustainable, profitable nappies business in Europe". The company planned to stop manufacturing and selling nappies in Europe, with the exception of Italy.
Dave Faddis, a vice-president for Kimberly-Clark, said: "No decision such as this is ever taken lightly and it is with regret that we have to propose the closure of Barton as part of changes to our European business.
"My priority is to ensure that employees are treated respectfully and fairly during this stressful time.
"These are tough choices, but they are necessary to improve our competitive position and make Kimberly-Clark's consumer business stronger in Europe."