Axe set to fall on concrete factory

AT RISK  . . . the factory on New Edinburgh Road.
AT RISK . . . the factory on New Edinburgh Road.
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THE axe is set to fall on dozens of jobs at an Uddingston factory.

Fifty-five jobs are at risk at the Bison concrete plant on New Edinburgh Road, which is run by Laing O’Rourke.

The company, which also has a base in Derbyshire, says the local factory has been making losses for ‘a sustained period of time’.

A spokesman said: “Bison is a company with a strong heritage and brand reputation. Laing O’Rourke assumed full ownership of the Group in January 2012 and is committed to securing its long-term future.

“The continued depressed state of the construction and manufacturing markets has led to Bison’s Uddingston operation making losses over a sustained period of time. This situation cannot be allowed to continue and decisive action is necessary to ensure a successful future for the business.

“Therefore it is with regret that we have informed our workforce that following a review of the future pipeline of opportunities, we are proposing that, on completion of current orders, we will close the Uddingston plant.

“This proposal places 55 roles at risk of redundancy. Our priority is to support our workforce through this unsettling time and over the coming weeks we will be consulting them around the details of this proposal.”

Staff at the centre have called for support from Uddingston and Bellshill MSP Michael McMahon as they fight to save their jobs.

Mr McMahon told the Speaker: “Management at Laing O’Rourke have effectively frozen operation at the plant while the consultation process takes place.

“Those at the plant are convinced it is a viable and profitable company. I will be discussing the situation further with them and hopefully they will be given the opportunity to counter argue.”

Local councillor Bob Burrows added: “I am extremely disappointed that the Bison factory is at risk and I hope that the Scottish Government will be able to provide some assistance to save not only the factory, but the ongoing employment of staff.”