A COMPANY has chosen to move out of Ellesmere Port, shedding 14 jobs.
Diversified technology company 3M has confirmed plans to close its facility at Poole Hall Industrial Estate within the coming year.
The decision has been taken following a 30-day consultation period with its employees and just five months after 3M bought the site.
The move will lead to the loss of 14 positions based at the site, with another eight employees relocating to the company’s site at nearby Runcorn and the warehouse operations moving to an existing 3M distribution centre.
3M acquired Dailys Ltd – a supplier of non-woven disposable protective clothing, primarily chemical protective coveralls for industrial use – in July this year.
The company has since been reviewing how best to integrate the business into 3M’s structure.
Fergal Morris, business director for 3M’s Safety and Protection Services Division, said: “It is always difficult to make decisions which affect people’s livelihoods and we will, of course, be doing everything possible to help those affected secure alternative employment either within 3M or in the local area.
“However, we believe that this decision offers the best growth opportunities for the business going forward.”
At the time of 3M’s purchase of Dailys in July, Julie Bushman, vice president and general manager, 3M Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, said: “This acquisition supports our strategic direction by broadening our protective apparel portfolio,”
A hopeful Dailys chairman David Sallon had added: “3M’s culture of innovation fits well with our own.
“Its research and development capabilities, along with global reach, will help to expand and grow our business.”