McBride reveals plans to close Hull factory with loss of 117 jobs

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 29 May 2018

More than 100 jobs are at risk as McBride announces plans to close its factory in east Hull.

The company has laid out proposals to cease manufacturing its aerosol products across the UK as “substantial losses” are expected for the financial year ending June 30.

A statement from McBride, which also has bases in Manchester, Bradford and Barrow, said its aerosol business has “deteriorated” in recent years, and confirmed 117 jobs could go in Hull.

If the closure goes ahead, it is expected to happen in spring 2019.

The company said: “McBride, the leading European manufacturer and supplier of co-manufactured and private label products for the household and personal care market, has today announced proposals to cease manufacturing of aerosols in the UK which would result in the closure of its Hull operations.

“In recent years, the financial performance of the group’s European Personal Care & Aerosols (“PCA”) business has deteriorated, and the aerosols business in particular has experienced extreme margin pressures, with substantial operating losses expected for the financial year ending 30 June 2018.

“The group’s half year results statement in February 2018 indicated that restoring the performance of the PCA division was a top priority.”

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McBride has begun its consultation with employees over the closure, and said it does “not underestimate the effect” it will have on staff.

'It's dreadful for us'

The company said its aerosol business had 'deteriorated' in recent years

A staff member, who did not want to be named, said: "After many changes to the company, not just to the site, they have decided to close the factory...

"We have been told this has nothing to do with Brexit, which I personally don't believe at all.

"I think the way the situation has been handled is dreadful, and very unprofessional."

'We do not underestimate the effect this will have'

Speaking more about the potential closure of its Hull factory, McBride said in a statement: “After an extensive review of possible options for the aerosols business segment, the group is now proposing the closure, subject to consultation, of its UK aerosol production facility in Hull with the potential loss of 117 jobs.

“Under the proposals, closure would be completed during spring 2019. McBride has enjoyed a long history in Hull and the group does not underestimate the effect of this proposal on our colleagues, their families and the wider community.

“We will now commence a process of collective consultation with employees’ representatives where the local management team, in close collaboration with HR, will discuss the proposal in greater detail, explore any alternative scenarios, and set out the support which would be available to any potentially affected colleagues.”

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The Hull factory made the news last year, when a father-of-four suffered severe burns following an explosion at the site in August.

The 32-year-old process operator was working a late shift at McBride PLC on Sutton Fields Industrial Estate when the incident happened.

He was left with burns to his face, chest and arm, and was airlifted to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield for treatment.

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