115 jobs may go in Shelf InterfaceFlor factory closure

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: The InterfaceFlor factory The InterfaceFlor factory

Workers at a carpet tile factory were left ‘shocked’ yesterday to learn that the plant is to close from the end of next month, with the potential loss of 115 jobs.

One employee at the InterfaceFlor factory in Shelf said the workforce had been expecting to hear about a takeover rather than closure.

The worker, who did not want to be named and has worked at the company for 20 years, said: “The union was called in about an hour before we were told. It was a shock to learn that the factory is closing. We have seen work being transferred to Holland, but were expecting an announcement about a takeover following the death of the InterfaceFlor founder last year. We’re all in a state of shock and in limbo until things become clearer.”

InterfaceFlor, which has owned the Shelf plant since the late 1970s, said the move was due to falling demand in the UK. It has started consultations with employees and the Unite union over plans to close the Shelf manufacturing and distribution operations in a bid to save about £4 million a year.

Up to 115 jobs, mainly in manufacturing and a few office staff, out of the 204 workforce could be affected by the cuts. The company is looking to offer voluntary redundancy and redeployment opportunities to other parts of its business.

InterfaceFlor intends to keep its UK headquarters in Shelf, along with sales and marketing, design and development and a sample making unit.

Lindsey Parnell, European president and chief executive, said: “It is with regret that I must announce that InterfaceFlor is entering into consultation over ceasing manufacturing at Shelf. The business case for the proposed closure is, however, strong.”

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8:47am Fri 24 Feb 12

Mike Strutter says...

That's a massive site

Expect a massive housing development on there or a supermarket on the land they decide not to retain
That's a massive site Expect a massive housing development on there or a supermarket on the land they decide not to retain Mike Strutter
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11:47am Fri 24 Feb 12

Yorkshire Lass says...

Another Tesco maybe.
Another Tesco maybe. Yorkshire Lass
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7:41pm Fri 24 Feb 12

Willard says...

Very sad, abig site with skilled workers. A few reatil jobs i Bradford centre won't help these skilled men and women get back on top. Reatilajobs are not the answer, skilled jobs, trades, manufacturing and higher earner office jobs are what we need to bring more pounds into bradford shops. Bradford needs pounds in the pockets of shoppers and not pound shops.
Very sad, abig site with skilled workers. A few reatil jobs i Bradford centre won't help these skilled men and women get back on top. Reatilajobs are not the answer, skilled jobs, trades, manufacturing and higher earner office jobs are what we need to bring more pounds into bradford shops. Bradford needs pounds in the pockets of shoppers and not pound shops. Willard
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5:09pm Sat 25 Feb 12

bezzab2006 says...

This is an absolute disgrace my dad has worked for this company for almost 25 years and at the age of 59 there is nothing else he can do at his time of life. He has been a single father for the last 15 years and still has abig mortgage to pay off....... ANNOYED IS NOT THE QUESTION... Bradford used to be mills and nothing else alright for holland cheap labour
This is an absolute disgrace my dad has worked for this company for almost 25 years and at the age of 59 there is nothing else he can do at his time of life. He has been a single father for the last 15 years and still has abig mortgage to pay off....... ANNOYED IS NOT THE QUESTION... Bradford used to be mills and nothing else alright for holland cheap labour bezzab2006
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