AROUND 100 workers have lost their jobs after a long-established furniture company suddenly shut.
Administrators were appointed at James H. Sutliffe & Son Ltd on Thursday and staff were sent home.
The firm has had its roots in Todmorden since 1887.
Sutcliffe’s was bought by the Radford Furniture Co, of Leyburn, North Yorkshire, last December.
Its chairman, Nicholas Radford, delivered the bombshell to staff.
He told the Courier: “Sutcliffe came with its own challenges, set within the context of a very difficult environment.
“The widely predicted upturn in the economy has not materialised.
“Despite a significant injection of working capital and reduction in costs, and after nine months of fighting these challenges, we have been forced to place the company into administration.”
Mr Radford hoped his company could work with the administrators to try and find a positive outcome.
Radford’s other divisions are trading as normal.
Sutcliffe Furniture, which also incorporated White & Newton Furniture, designed, developed and crafted a full range of household furniture at its Frostholme Mill factory in Cornholme.
Todmorden Town Coun Anne James (Lib-Dem, Cornholme) said the firm’s demise was a big and sudden shock.
“It’s one of the biggest employers around here and will have an impact on other businesses and the community,” she said.
“A lot of people in Cornholome were employed there in various jobs.”
Only this month the company’s publicity promised an exciting new era for Sutcliffe’s with the launch of a new Adelphi range of living and dining room furniture destined for independent furniture stores from December.
Sutcliffe consolidated its three Todmorden factories into the 143,000 sq ft Fronstholme Mill in 1994.
It was previously occupied by another furniture company, Cooper Dauphin which relocated to Burnley at the same time.
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