Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Jobs threat over closure of SCA site in Oughtibridge

More than 150 jobs could be lost by the proposed closure of a Sheffield company which makes toilet rolls.

Swedish firm SCA said a consultation had started with staff over plans to close its Oughtibridge site in 2015.

The plant used to be a paper mill but it is now used to convert paper made elsewhere into toilet rolls, paper hand towels, wiper rolls and medical rolls.

SCA said the move would impact 161 jobs and the consultation would look at potential opportunities at other sites.

The company said a review had concluded the site should be closed in early 2015 and some of the converting lines relocated to its plant at Skelmersdale in Lancashire.

Logistic operations would move to Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan.

Tony Richards, product supply director at SCA, said the sites had to be consolidated in order for the business to "remain a long-term sustainable employer".

He said expansion of the Oughtibridge plant was not economically viable due to its "age, infrastructure and manufacturing limitations".

Mr Richards said: "Part of the consultation process will explore potential opportunities in other SCA sites and outline outplacement support available."

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