United Kingdom
North West; Lancashire;
Location of affected unit(s)
Bamber Bridge and Padiham
Manufacture Of Basic Metal And Fabricated Metal Products
Manufacture Of Fabricated Metal Products, Except Machinery And Equipment
25 - Manufacture of fabricated metal products, except machinery and equipment

584 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
15 March 2007
Employment effect (start)
Foreseen end date


Hundreds of jobs are under threat after a heating company confirmed it is to close two sites in Lancashire. Baxi Heating UK has announced that the Alfer Cast Iron Foundry in Bamber Bridge and a production plant in Padiham will be shut down.

The firm, which produces central heating and hot water systems, says it is aiming to centralise its operation at its Preston factory. The unions say workers feel "devastated" by the announcement.

More than 500 people are currently employed at the plant in Padiham but the company says it hopes to offer a significant number of employees the option of relocating to the Club Street site in Preston.

Baxi also says it hopes to offer all 84 workers at the iron foundry at Bamber Bridge, which is to close after 30 years in operation, jobs elsewhere on the site.

The exact number of redundancies will not be known until the end of the 90-day consultation period.


  • 15 March 2007: BBC Website


Eurofound (2007), Baxi Heating UK, Relocation in United Kingdom, factsheet number 65090, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/65090.