More than 100 jobs to go as Hull factory announces closure

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 28 Aug 2018

A factory which employs more than 100 people in Hull is to close after a consultation over the proposals was concluded.

Aerosol manufacturer McBride, which has a facility in West Carr Lane, revealed plans to close its doors in Hull in May.

The company said at the time it was anticipating “substantial losses” in the aerosol sector of the business, and warned that the factory could close in early 2019.

McBride has now confirmed the consultation has been completed, and the Hull factory will close next Spring. A total of 117 jobs are now expected to disappear.

“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,” McBride said in May.

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

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

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.”

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The company is now supporting its employees as the closure of the factory is confirmed. McBride produces a range of household and personal care brands.

Its portfolio includes Oven Pride, LimeLite and Surcare. Other factories in the UK include Manchester, Bradford and Barrow.

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."

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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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