Demise of windows firm as jobs are axed

Coun  Denise Jeffery.
Coun Denise Jeffery.

A council-owned glazing and door company is set to be shut down with the loss of 20 jobs.

Wakefield Council is trying to find alternative jobs for staff at Normanton-based Metroglaze after deciding to close the company down.

Altofts Road Metroglaze was set up in 1985 to make windows and doors for the district’s council houses and schools.

It’s main customer is Wakefield and District Housing, but orders have slumped and the firm is expected to make a loss of more than £600,000 this year.

A report to Tuesday’s meeting of the council’s cabinet meeting said: “Having thoroughly reviewed the situation it is considered that Metroglaze is no longer viable and there are no realistic measures that can be taken to save it.”

Wakefield Council said it was working to avoid redundancies through redeployment, and expected to place 11 staff members into other roles in the Building Services department.

Deputy council leader Denise Jeffery told the meeting: “Metroglaze was fantastic when it first opened years ago but orders have run out. Sadly we haven’t much choice.”

Coun Les Shaw added: “It’s a shame but things have changed.

“I hope people can be redeployed and I’m confidence we’ll be successful with that.”