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  • "Guardian: it's calcium chloride not calcium carbonate - do your homework. The main office isn't a listed building. Continued sodium bicarbonate manufacture will not require the rest of the facility to stay standing other than the manufacturing plant for that product opposite the boat lift. What TATA actually choose to do with the rest of the asset and whether they can afford demolition etc. will no doubt determine what you see changing there in the short to medium term. Pause for thought for the folks who have lost their jobs and the effect on their families please. Like it or not, this has been a major part of Northwich and is in fact a fundamental facet of the nation's industrial history. Very sad."
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End of an era at Tata Chemicals Europe's Winnington plant

Closures at Tata's Winnington site.

Closures at Tata's Winnington site.

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AN ENORMOUS part of Northwich’s industrial history was brought to a close with the last shift at Winnington’s soda ash plant yesterday, Sunday.

Soda ash has been produced at the site for 140 years.

Tata Chemicals Europe (TCE) announced last year that it was closing the plant, along with a Winnington-based calcium carbonate production plant, because of rising energy costs.

The closures mean 220 job losses but TCE was hoping to limit these to 75 compulsory redundancies.

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