|Sir George meets Managing Director of Ducal, to discuss the way forward
27 May 2003
Sir George held a meeting on May 20th in his House of Commons office with Mary Czulowski, to discuss the problems that have arisen from the decision by Silentnight to close the company.
Below is a copy of the press release:
Following Ducal’s decision to close their operation in Andover, Sir George has seen Mary Czulowski, the Managing Director of Ducal.
“It was helpful to get more background information about the reasons behind the decision to close Ducal, relatively soon after it was acquired by Silentnight. I also wanted to find out what was being done to find alternative work for those of my constituents who are being made redundant. 31 have already left and found new work, and the outplacement company is hopeful that a large number of Ducal employees will be found new jobs.
I also asked about progress in disposing of the units, so other companies can move in and replace the jobs that are being lost. I understand that interest has been expressed in two of the units, and they obviously hope to find other companies to take over the remaining ones.
I explained the sadness in Andover at the loss of Ducal, and the impact this would have on many families because of the numbers working there. It was made clear that there was no question of revisiting the decision, which is final and non-negotiable.”