Jobs at risk in merger

NEARLY 100 jobs are in danger after a Dewsbury textile firm agreed to merge with a rival company.
William S Graham, of Ravens Ing Mill, will join forces with Huddersfieldbased Fred Lawton to become Lawton Yarns Ltd later this month.
The two factories will continue to operate, but workers at both in the carding, spinning, winding and twisting departments could be made redundant.
About 99 staff face work appraisals – William S Graham currently employs 310 people while Fred Lawton has 270 employees.
The move was prompted by the economic climate and competition from abroad.
Discussions are ongoing with staff.
Fred Lawton’s operations director Tim Kay said: “The merged company will be based on complementary production machinery and joint expertise.
“The machinery being utilised represents the most productive available to make highperformance woollen carpet yarns.
“As a result of phasing out older, less productive machinery, there may be up to 99 redundancies from the combined company.
“The recession has had a serious impact on trade, with strong competition now coming from lower wage economies.”

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