Consultation over on closure of Bideford factory TE Connectivity

TE Connectivity in Bideford will be closed by the end of 2013.

TE Connectivity in Bideford will be closed by the end of 2013. - Credit: Archant

Former Tyco factory will be closed by the end of 2013 with around 250 job losses, confirm TE Connectivity.

A CONSULTATION period on the closure of Bideford factory TE Connectivity, formerly Tyco, has ended this week.

The 90 day period began after it was announced in January that the factory would be looking to cease all operations in Bideford by 2014.

The factory is one of Torridge’s largest employers and will result in around 250 job losses.

A statement released by TE Connectivity said: “TE thoroughly examined the proposals submitted by employees during the consultation process to avoid, reduce and mitigate the effects of the proposed redundancies.

“The company concluded that the proposals submitted do not constitute feasible alternatives to the announced plan.

“In order to ensure competitiveness, we confirm and expect the Bideford plant to close by the end by the end of 2013.

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“Individual consultations with all affected employees will begin next week.

“Affected employees will be provided with comprehensive outplacement support and a redundancy package.”

Geoffrey Cox, MP for Torridge and West Devon, met with senior management to express his dismay at the announced closure.

“The closure of Tyco is very bad news not only for its employees, but for the Bideford economy generally,” he said.

“My focus must now be on making sure that all that is possible is being done to help these highly skilled workers, many of whom have been with the company for many years, to find new and productive employment.

“The people who work at Tyco have been hard working and loyal, and I am confident that many will be recruited by other local businesses.

“This is a very distressing time, not only for the people who work at Tyco, but for the other industries and jobs which have depended on the factory.”

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