After the Cooling Post first revealed the closures, yesterday, Nortek has confirmed that Eaton-Williams closed its doors and ceased production at its Edenbridge and Stoke sites on September 30, with both production plants closing their doors for good on November 30. A new smaller facility will remain open in Tonbridge close to the current Edenbridge site.
In addition to the job losses, Nortek says approximately 20 employees have transferred to roles elsewhere within Nortek. A number of employees have transferred to other business units under TUPE and have taken employment in alternative departments within Nortek Global HVAC (UK) Ltd.
Simon Parker, vice president and general manager of Nortek Global HVAC Europe commented: “It is with regret and despite every effort over the last 18 months the Eaton-Williams Group Ltd business will close on 30 November 2016. The leadership team and employees both at Eaton Williams and Nortek Global HVAC UK Ltd have worked exceptionally hard to turn the business around but the losses became unsustainable.”
Confirming that the VAPAC and Process Cooling product lines would transfer to Nortek Global HVAC Ltd, together with approximately 20 employees, he added: “The remaining employees are being made redundant and will receive full outplacement support. Many of the employees have considerable service and we wish to thank them for their support during this difficult time.
“The VAPAC and ServerCool businesses have a very positive future and we hope their growth will serve as a legacy to the Eaton Williams business.”