A MOSSLEY factory that closed with the loss of 250 jobs earlier this year is now in local ownership.
The former site of laundry cleaning business Berendsen on Micklehurst Road, has been empty since the last of its workforce left last May.
Some residents feared the premises may be acquired and turned into houses or flats in an area only just recovered from severe flooding.
But the Berendsen building is in the hands of Warmco Properties, owners and managers of workspace and industrial units across the North of England.
Their Mossley portfolio includes: Woodend Mill, Vale Mill and Squire Mill.
Warmco, through property manager Matthew Scott, have now confirmed – through the Correspondent – future plans for Berendsen definitely don’t include house building.
Instead, Warmco will offer its newly acquired floor space for individuals or businesses looking for offices, studios, workshops, warehousing, storage or industrial units
“In addition to the Squire Mill building, Berendsen were also renting a unit from us in Vale Mill,” explained Matthew.
“They handed in notice and during discussions we were made aware that they would be putting the building up for sale. It made perfect sense.
“We already had Vale Mill at the back plus Squire One, Two and Three so Berendsens completes the set for us.
“We could rent it as one but we would certainly be open to dividing the space,” he continued.
“The premises is over 20,000 sq ft so the option is there to divide the space into several units for new or existing businesses.”
A new Warmco sign above the main entrance on Micklehurst Road externally finally removes the last traces of the Berendsen name.
Inside, work continues to remove unwanted machinery and other metalwork.
Some containers full of linen remain as a reminder to its former past.
Berendsen issued staff in early March with notices they were to lose their jobs in 30 days’ time as the Mossley site had been performing poorly for a number of years.
The company was criticised for its decision by Jonathan Reynolds, MP for Mossley, Stalybridge, Hyde and Dukinfield.
But in the September issue of the Correspondent Mark Franklin, country operations director UK, said the company “exhausted all available options” extending its consultation period by one week.