Workers at Corby food factory facing redundancy are thrown a lifeline

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A Northampton-based sandwich manufacturer has thrown a lifeline to workers at Solway Foods in Corby who are facing redundancy.

Greencore, which employs around 1,200 workers at its production plant on the Moulton Park Industrial Estate, is recruiting around 200 extra staff to help keep up with growing demand.

Solway, in Godwin Road, Corby, is making 567 workers redundant, including 321 night shift staff, 186 day shift employees and 60 people in salaried positions.

The company, which employs 900 people making salads and sandwiches, says its factory in Corby is not viable in the long term and it is now carrying out a 45-day consultation process with workers, due to end on Sunday.

Greencore is planning to host an open day for Solway workers at the Holiday Inn in Geddington Road, Corby, on Monday, March 31, and is inviting anyone interested in learning more about the company, its culture and the jobs it has on offer to drop in between 2pm and 8pm.

Greencore’s managing director, Phil Lovell, said: “Our business is enjoying a period of very strong growth and as a result we are looking for a significant number of people to join the team.

“We know that there are a lot of highly skilled people working at Solway and given our site is only about 20 miles from Corby we would encourage anyone interested in an alternative career within the food industry to come and talk to us about the range of opportunities we have to offer.”

Greencore employs 12,000 people across 28 sites in the UK, America and Ireland and is the world’s largest sandwich manufacturer, producing nine million a week.