A Birmingham industrial landmark is reaching the end of the road – with the imminent closure of long-established factory Tucker Fasteners.
Around 220 jobs are being lost after many decades of manufacturing at the Great Barr site, following an ultimately unsuccessful campaign by unions and MP to stave off closure.
The factory will close its doors by the end of March, with some long-serving workers in line for payouts of up to £40,000.
Unite regional official John Walsh said: “This is another sad day for West Midlands manufacturing. The factory is due to close by the end of March and, to all intents and purposes, all the machinery will be lifted and shifted to Germany and America.
“The majority of workers have gone already – the site is now down to about 20 employees and the place is just like a great, big industrial graveyard.”
Tucker Fasteners has been a feature of West Midland industry for decades, supplying rivets for a range of customers, including automotive, aerospace and boiler manufacturers.
But the axe was wielded by US parent group Stanley, Black and Decker despite major investment in the plant in recent years.
The company said manufacturing levels had almost halved over the past decade in the face of increased competition from rivals in the Far East.
A previous statement from Stanley, Black and Decker said: “Many industries have progressively migrated out of the United Kingdom, making the plant increasingly remote from its customer base. The plant has generated consistent losses since 1999.
"The major part of Birmingham’s production is for the European market and would be made in the future in Giessen, Germany.”
Mr Walsh said many of the Tucker Fasteners workers were long-servers, some with up to 30 years’ service.
“Around 50 to 60 people have well over 25 years," he said. "For a number of them, it couldn’t have come at a better time; for those aged 61 to 65 with a lot of service, they have got £30,000 to £40,000.”