Redundancies at Dartington

Factory lets off 11 workers in the midst of ‘significant change’ in its product lines.

DARTINGTON Crystal has made 11 people redundant at its factory in Torrington.

The news broke to workers just days after the business celebrated presenting its Chelsea Centenary Vase to HM The Queen.

The Gazette received an anonymous tip off this week that 10 people from the finishing room and one from blowing had been made redundant.

Neil Hughes, managing director at Dartington Crystal, confirmed the factory had encountered a ‘significant change’ in product mix.

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He said: “Although the order book remains strong and the prospects for another year of profitability and sales growth remains a reality, it is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain efficiency in the Torrington factory.

“This is an unsustainable situation and despite the endeavours to seek a solution, we have been left with no option other than to review current staffing levels.

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“As a result of this review, it is with regret that I have to announce that there is a requirement to make 11 positions redundant within the operations department.”

Employees were notified of the changes on May 28 and those being made redundant were told three days later.

The factory, which began life as Dartington Glass, was established in Torrington in 1967 and employs approximately 140 people.

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