Batley’s Fox’s Biscuits factory has been saved from closure.
Bosses briefed staff at the famous factory last week, telling them plans to close one of the company’s three sites had been axed, saving 1,000 jobs in Batley.
The unexpected announcement comes three years, almost to the day, after bosses revealed plans to close the Wellington Street factory and create a “superfactory” in either West Yorkshire or Uttoxeter in the East Midlands, under a £26.5m programme of modernisation called Project Golden.
The News and staff at the factory campaigned against the closure, while Batley MP Mike Wood suggested other possible locations for Fox’s in Kirklees.
The briefing said the closure of either the Batley or Uttoxeter site was no longer on the cards.
A spokesman said an investment in robotic technology and the shedding of about 100 jobs in Batley meant no more savings were needed for the foreseeable future.
Instead, the business, now owned by Ranjit Boparan under his 2 Sisters Food Group, will continue to function with three factories.
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