Jobs lost as company slashes its operation

.Watlow Linby
.Watlow Linby

FEARS that a long-running company is to slash its operation in Linby — along with dozens of jobs — have been confirmed.

Last month, the Dispatch broke exclusive news that the worldwide firm Watlow, which has a base on Robey Close, was considering axeing its manufacturing operation in the village.

A spokesman refuted claims by an anonymous member of staff that a decision had already been rubberstamped.

But less than a month later, the Dispatch can reveal that parts of the base will definitely close later this year.

It could impact on more than 40 workers.

Watlow designs and manufactures industrial heaters, sensors and controllers.

The elements of the business to be withdrawn from Linby will be switched to factories in the USA and Germany.

The Dispatch source at the company said: “The workforce are really demoralised about this decision and the way the company is treating people.”

In a letter sent to affected staff at Robey Close, company president Tom LaMantia reveals that production is expected to cease at Linby by Monday October 31.

He explains: “The decision comes after a thorough evaluation of this action and the consultation process with the impacted employees at the site.

“The decision has been made as part of our larger strategic initiative to shift our resources to potential high-growth areas of our business.”

He adds: “Decisions such as this one are very difficult, and we recognise the impact a final-closure decision can have on employees and their families.

“We have been working with the employees, career-transition organisations and the local government to help all employees who may be affected by the closure — and will continue to do so.”

Watlow is a family-owned company that was established in St Louis, Missouri, USA in 1922.

A sales office was opened in Nottingham in 1987, and the company has been operating in Linby for more than 20 years.

Its current premises on Robey Close were purpose-built in 1997.

Currently it boasts more than 2,000 employees working at 12 manufacturing sites in the USA, Mexico, Europe and Asia.

It also has sales offices in 14 countries around the world, plus a global distribution network.

A spokesman for the company, speaking from the Linby site, said that a sales operation would continue to operate from the village.

He added that the number of employees to be made redundant hadn’t been finalised because individual consultations were being held.

n OUR PHOTO shows the long-running Watlow base in Linby.