End as era as production stops at Langley Mill firm

NRHNBE120501b1, Smiths flour mills, Langley Mill.
NRHNBE120501b1, Smiths flour mills, Langley Mill.

THE LAST remaining flour mill in Langley Mill has ceased production – just months after it was taken over by a new firm.

It is believed around 20 workers are to lose their jobs at Smiths Flour Mill on Cromford Road.

It also means there are now no more working flour mills in Langley Mill for the first time in nearly 1,000 years.

Smiths owner Whitworths Brothers does however intend to keep the site open as a packaging warehouse for its other operations.

This week Whitworths chief executive Roger Butler confirmed it was in the process of making staff redundant and that there would be no more flour production at the mill – but declined to say how many jobs would be lost.

An affected worker claimed that out of the 30 staff there, 20 had taken redundancy rather than be moved to the firm’s other plants.

He said the news came as a shock to workers after it was bought out on January 31.

He said: It was terrible towards the latter end.

“It has been such a shock to all of us – there’s not a lot of people down there.

“We were a real family, we used to all go out together.”

He said some of the staff had worked there for around 40 years.

“I’m a bit older than some of them – some have big mortgages and everything – some have had to put houses on the market because they haven’t got a job,” he said.