McBrides to close at end of March

Robert McBride in Burnley. A060711/2
Robert McBride in Burnley. A060711/2

A LONG established Burnley company will close its doors for a final time at the end of this month.

Robert McBride in Windermere Avenue has employed hundreds of Burnley people over the years, but current workers at the factory were dealt a massive blow late last year when they were told the site would be closed.

The factory specialises in making cleaning products with trigger sprays, products regarded as being key to the company’s growth.

However, difficulties arose because there was nowhere it could expand on its Windermere Avenue site, whereas McBride’s factories in Middleton, Bradford and Hull, none of which are running at full capacity, have plenty of space on which to expand.

Redeployed

A spokesman for the company said: “The site closure will progress as anticipated at the end of March. We are pleased that some 60 colleagues are transferring to jobs elsewhere in the group. We have also helped a number of colleagues find other jobs in the area.

“We will keep on a small team to close the plant once production has ceased, but the future of the site is yet to be resolved. We’d like to pay tribute to all the team at Burnley who have continued to work to the highest standards during this process despite the closure. They have been superb.”