Vion confirms job cuts

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Food group Vion is closing its Doncaster and Sheffield factories with the loss of around 370 jobs.

The Dutch-owned business revealed in April that it intended to close its Sheffield sausage factory, previously known as J&J Transfield. A month later, the company announced its chicken processing plant at Thorne, near Doncaster, would also close.

Now, following consultations with the workforce, the group says the Doncaster plant will close on Friday with the loss of 170 jobs, despite attempts by Don Valley Labour MP, Caroline Flint, to persuade Vion’s management to keep the plant open.

A date has yet to be set for the closure of the Sheffield plant, which is based at Orgreave Close, Handsworth, was acquired by Vion three years ago and employs around 200 people.

Vion blames fierce competition and over capacity in the industry for the closures.

The Sheffield plant’s business will be transferred to Broxburn, in Scotland, which can handle all Sheffield’s production and has the potential for expansion in future years, while the Doncaster plant’s work will go to sites at Sandycroft in North Wales, and Coupar Angus in Perthshire.