Hanson Cement reports expansion plan and new jobs at Padeswood plant

Byrebecca3360

Updated Fri, 01 Aug 2014 09:45:49 GMT

UK: The construction industry slow-down that started in 2008 led to Hanson Cement, HeidelbergCement's UK subsidiary, laying off 70 employees at its cement plant in Padeswood, Flintshire, Wales. At the time, Hanson considered closing the plant, but instead ran at half capacity in the hope the situation would improve. It has now submitted plans to Flintshire council for a new production line, which the company said would create 35 new jobs, following a building industry upturn.

"It's a good news story considering we've gone through such a depressed period," said Hanson's David Weeks. "We have three plants in the UK; one in Padeswood, one in Lancashire and one in Lincolnshire. We only really needed two and Padeswood would probably have been the one to go. But we decided to hang on in and now we're confident that we'll get Padeswood up to full capacity once again." Hanson Cement said that work will start immediately if it gets the go-ahead.