Heywood Williams plc is facing a dramatic operational shake-up in the United Kingdom, including cuts of 300 jobs, or 15 percent of its total workforce.
The measures are designed to make the company profitable by next year, and they include closing a composite door plant, selling or closing a window and door fabrication unit and the termination of several other operations.
The Huddersfield company also announced Oct. 31 that Hamish Bryce, its second chief executive in three months, has resigned because of the ``severity'' of the plan.
The company's U.S. operations will barely be touched by the changes, the firm said. The U.S. units include plastic pipe extruder Bristolpipe Corp. and LaSalle Bristol, a distributor of components for manufactured homes and recreational vehicles. Both are based in Elkhart, Ind.
Many of the cuts are likely to come at Door Panels plc's composite door plant in Gloucester, England, which is slated to close early next year. The site employs 140. Door volume and margins do not justify keeping it open, the firm said.
Other jobs are at risk at the window and door fabrication plant of Cestrum Building Products Ltd. in Huddersfield. Laurence Campbell, finance director, said the company has not decided whether to close the site or sell it.