Falkirk's hard hit cement firm has been able to temporarily save some jobs

Earlier this month Marshalls confirmed its cement and landscaping site in Falkirk was to remain closed but now it has announced 25 jobs have been saved – at least on a temporary basis.

By James Trimble
Sunday, 28th June 2020, 3:10 pm
Updated Sunday, 28th June 2020, 3:11 pm

Around 100 jobs were thought to be lost when Marshalls announced the Dollar Industrial Estate would remained closed permanently, despite Unite the union fighting a campaign to try and stop the firm taking the action.

At the time Marshalls claimed the COVID-19 pandemic had caused a reduction in demand for its products.

This week a Marshalls spokesperson said: “Further to confirmation last week the Marshalls site at Falkirk was to remain closed, we have been able to find a short term solution which allows us to retain around 25 local jobs previously at risk of redundancy.

The Marshalls production site in Dollar Industrial Estate will remain closed but the company has managed to temporarily retain 25 workers

“While the manufacturing plant at Falkirk will remain closed, we will be repurposing the site as a logistics outbase to use for the storage and easy transportation of stock across Scotland.

“It is important to note we still intend to fully close the site in the longer term, but for the foreseeable future we will use this site to complement the logistics operation out of our Carluke site.”

Last month, Scott Foley, Unite industrial officer, said: “The decision by Marshalls to announce 95 redundancies will have a major impact on the local economy including the supply chain.

“Despite stating publicly their concerns over the financial impact the Coronavirus pandemic has had on the company, the directors have still found the time to award themselves inflated bonuses and enhanced remuneration packages.

Marshalls PLC, which employs 2000 people throughout the UK, is a leading manufacturer of innovative hard landscaping products and operates quarries and manufacturing sites throughout the UK.