|An array of Mars Group products|
In a further unwelcome blow to the City of Peterborough, Mars Petfoods Factory employees were told at a mass meeting earlier today (Tuesday January 29th), the factory which cost £45 million in 1974, would close.
Mandatory consultation over ALL 82 Peterborough job losses would start immediately; although a few employees may be transferred to its' pet food plant in Melton Mowbray.
Company human resources staff confirmed that an outplacement process would be started to try and assist the workforce who lost their jobs to find alternative work.
The tailor-made factory was opened at Peterborough in 1974, to manufacture semi-moist petfood products.
The £45 million plant, at one time employed 150 people, today just over 80 remain, and will now be made redundant. Ironically manufacture of all dry lines moved from Melton to Peterborough in 1981.
In 2005, the warehouse operation was expanded, to allow export of parts of the PEDIGREE and WHISKAS ranges to cover much of Europe.
In 2005, a state-of-the-art grinding and dry powder mixing mill was built to give a finer milling size. Now much of the machinery and process lines will be dismantled and sold off, or moved to Mars Petfood plants in other parts of Europe, where workforce costs are cheaper.
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