Site closure will put 150 jobs in danger

Corby Eddie Stobbart Eismann Road depot closing:'16/01/12
Corby Eddie Stobbart Eismann Road depot closing:'16/01/12

Haulage giant Eddie Stobart has announced plans to close its Corby depot, putting 150 jobs at risk.

The chilled depot in Eismann Way is one of two the firm is planning to close, along with Alcester in Warwickshire.

The company is creating about 100 jobs at a new chilled warehouse, but this is at Magna Park in Lutterworth, nearly 40 miles from the current site.

A driver at the Corby depot, who asked not to be named, said: “It was out of the blue. What we believe is happening is the depot at Corby and one in Birmingham will be going because they have built a ‘super-depot’ at Magna Park.

“They do a lot on the railways now too, and the trains they use probably take 50 lorries off the road.

“It is just a shame. There are guys there who are 60 and are going to struggle to get work.”

The driver, who has worked for the company for five years, said he wouldn’t be able to relocate.

He said: “I start at 2am so it would mean doing 15-hour days.”

A Stobart Group spokesman said: “To meet demands of the current business environment, Eddie Stobart is announcing changes as part of continuing re-alignment and the best possible allocation of resources to support its transport division network nationally.

“As part of these changes, regrettably, it is proposed that the division’s chilled depot Corby is to close, subject to consultation.

“The company is however also investing in a new chilled warehouse at Magna Park creating a significant number of new jobs in the transport division.

“The company proposes these changes to improve efficiency, reduce environmental impact of the movement of empty trucks, and ultimately deliver a continually more cost-effective service.”

Corby Council deputy leader Mark Pengelly said: “The council will do all it can to work with those people losing their jobs, and we will continue to try and get this kind of work into the town.”

Corby Enterprise Centre manager Stuart Hartley said: “It is disappointing to hear there are further job losses in Corby. The town has received some positive developments recently but also some disappointing news.

“I am happy to support any employee who may wish to look at starting their own business.”