North Norfolk Labour Party has welcomed the news that a buyer has finally been found for the Heinz Factory at Westwick near North Walsham. The party launched the ‘Jobs Means Heinz’ campaign and petition, amassing nearly 2000 signatures, at the end of last year in support of the workers.
The factory is still to close at the end of the month with over 200 jobs set to go, but Heinz have announced a last-minute sale of the site and assets to potato company Albert Bartlett, which could mean more jobs for local people in the future.
Last week it was revealed that Heinz was being sold to Kraft, a move which could explain why the company was closing some of its factories.
Denise Burke, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for North Norfolk, said: “It is sadly too late for the workers of Heinz who seem to have paid the price of the Heinz and Kraft merger that was announced next week, but this prospect of investment in the site is a glimmer of hope for the community.
We hope that Albert Bartlett will help boost the local economy and invest in the local community which will be impacted by the loss of Heinz in the area. It will hopefully mean the prospect of new jobs in the future for local people, and we hope it means the 70 year old factory will continue to be used for production. It is just a pity that Heinz were unable to find a buyer sooner.”