Marshalls to close its Mildenhall base with loss of 39 jobs

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Some 39 jobs are to go at Marshall Land Systems in Mildenhall after two contracts come to an end.

Today the Cambridge based company announced the closure of the site on the Mildenhall Industrial Estate with the loss of jobs.

The engineering company used the Mildenhall premises to build 6.600 specialist loadbeds for the Ministry of Defence for the British Army.

That contract has ended and a further one off contract is coming to an end. The lease on the building also expires towards the end of 2014.

The company will now wind down production at the site to finish in the first quarter of 2014.

A statement released on Wednesday said : “Consultation has begun today with all those affected by this announcement and Marshall will be providing careers and outplacement advice and support to all of its employees in Mildenhall.”

Terry Holloway, group support executive, said that currently there were no alternative vacancies at its Cambridge base.

“When we opened the Mildenhall facility it was there for one contract and we were fortunate to get a second contract as well. That line of work has gone and 39 people are sadly looking for work elsewhere.

“There has been a full consultation process and they have known the end of the contract would come and we are working hard to help them secure employment. We are also offering an enhanced redundancy package. We are trying to do our very best for them and deeply regret having to do this.”

The company which supplies military equipment is part of the Marshall Aerospace Defence Group which this year received the Queens Award for Enterprise for innovation. It employs a total of 4,100 and has a turnover of £1.5bn.