Bench maker scales down to save jobs
A wooden-bench maker has revealed how it has bet its survival on selling or letting half its premises after issuing staff with redundancy notices.
Emmerich (Berlon), which sells Emir-branded school tables and tools, revealed plans to shoehorn its machinery and workmen into just over a quarter of its 40,000sq ft site on the Kingsnorth Industrial Estate, Ashford.
It is in talks with another company about moving into the remaining 29,000sq ft, which it said would save the firm if the deal went through and allow it to withdraw redundancy notices for its 13 staff.
Owner director Samantha Emmerich, who is the third generation of her family to run the firm, said: “We are quietly confident that the sale plan is working and we are going to be able to move into our slimline premises with hugely reduced overheads and act on our strategies.”
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