Betafence is closing its original Sheffield Road factory at Tinsley - blaming cheap competition from abroad for the redundancies. The company, which used to be known as Tinsley Wire, employs just over 400 people at its Sheffield Road and Shepcote Lane works and has had operations on the prominent Sheffield Road site, next to Meadowhall Retail Park, since 1933. “It’s come out of the blue,” said one worker, who did not want to be named. “We heard something a couple of months ago about them selling this site off, but the company dismissed it as wild rumours. Now we’re fighting for our jobs.” Personnel chief Jonathan Storer said jobs would be lost from both the Sheffield Road and Shepcote Lane sites over a period of two years and the company was looking at ways of reducing the number of redundancies to possibly as low as 50.
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