The kitchen sink manufacturer Carron Phoenix will retain its UK warehousing and distribution facilities in Falkirk, ensuring continuation of employment for 23 employees.

In April 2016, and following a six month business review of its European granite sink operations, parent company Franke Holding AG announced its decision to close its site in Scotland. However, following extensive discussions with Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Council the company has committed to retain its logistics operation at the Falkirk site.

Operations director Bart Doornkamp confirmed that the support from Scottish Enterprise and Falkirk Council, has made it possible for Carron Phoenix to continue with the logistics operations at the current site and is grateful for their support during the past months.  

Rhona Allison, Company Growth Support Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: “We are pleased that our support will help the company retain investment by Franke Holding in Scotland and continue to provide jobs which support their international growth.  The Carron Phoenix site is important to the local Falkirk economy and the skills and capabilities of the workforce there are highly valued.”

Falkirk Council has been working with its PACE partners to support the 200 staff affected by the impending closure.

Councillor Dennis Goldie, Falkirk Council’s spokesperson for Economic Development said: “Carron Phoenix is one of the most historic manufacturing sites in Scotland and it is very disappointing that, despite the diligence and commitment of the workforce, manufacturing will now come to an end.   

“The retention of 23 jobs is to be welcomed though and we will continue to work with the company and its retained operations in Falkirk.”