LONG TIME: Peter ‘Jacko’ Hallam and Steve Baker have worked at CMI Horsham for nearly 40 years but will have no jobs when the business closes in two weeks. Picture: PAUL CARRACHERCMI Horsham will close within a fortnight, leaving 29 foundry employees out of work.
Car parts manufacturer CMI Industrial was placed into receivership in April.
It went into liquidation at the end of May but Horsham workers believed their jobs would be safe for at least six months.
But on Wednesday CMI Industrial receiver and manager McGrathNicol confirmed the Horsham foundry would close by July 6.
McGrathNicol failed to find a buyer for the Horsham CMI site, which will now close on or before July 6.
Receiver and manager Keith Crawford said the financial outlook for the business was not strong enough to support continued trading.
A McGrathNicol spokesman said business at CMI Horsham would start to wind down immediately.
He said after operations were completed and the
final orders filled, the business would close.
“The staff will be let go once the wind-down is complete,’’ he said.
The spokesman said the foundry did not have any long-term contracts.
He said administrator Grant Thornton had previously stated the jobs were safe for at least six months.
“This statement came from the administrator, not the receiver,’’ he said.
Australian Workers Union Victorian assistant secretary Frank Leo said he was unhappy with the decision.
“We are extremely disappointed with this outcome, which will put the remaining 29 employees at the site out of work,’’ he said.
“The AWU will be meeting with workers at the site in the next few days, and will be assisting them to lodge claims under the General Employee Entitlements and Redundancy Scheme.
“It is essential that all workers at CMI get paid all their entitlements in full.’’
Australian Manufacturing Workers Union state assistant secretary Leigh Diehm said the decision was devastating for the workers.
“We will be fighting to ensure that all entitlements for the workers are received,’’ he said.
Member for Lowan Hugh Delahunty said he was
sad to hear of the closure.
“I know a lot of the people working there, I’ve coached some of them in footy,’’ he said. “The government’s doing what we can to help them.’’
Member for Western Victoria Jaala Pulford said the closure showed there needed to be a regional jobs plan.
“It’s devastating news for 30 families in Horsham,’’ she said.
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