JOBS at Huddersfield engineering company Taylor Shaw have been saved.
About 40 staff – made redundant when the company went into administration in July – have been offered their jobs back.
It comes after Brighouse-based Blackhall Engineering signed a deal to buy the Milnsbridge company out.
Martin Greenhalgh, who is operations director at the newly-named Taylor Shaw Valves Ltd, praised the loyalty of workers who stuck by the company despite the uncertainty.
He said: “We have been amazed by the support from the staff.
“They have been absolutely fantastic and incredibly loyal under the most difficult of circumstances.
“It’s a real tribute to their commitment that we were able to pull this business out of the fire.”
Taylor Shaw, which makes specialist valves, was taken into administration on August 1.
As revealed in yesterday’s Examiner, that came two weeks after the landlord of its Milnsbridge premises locked staff out and changed the locks in a dispute over rent arrears.
He is believed to have submitted a planning application for the site to be redeveloped.
But Mr Greenhalgh said the company had been trading profitably in the six months before – and was working to regain entry to the building.
He added yesterday: “By locking us out they frustrated the sale process, which has caused anything up to a four-week delay.
“We are in the process of getting access to the building, but the business starts as of today.
“Everybody is being offered new contracts and there’s an excellent order book.
“We have some products that have an enviable, worldwide reputation for their quality.
“We are absolutely determined to make sure these brand names and our identity is not lost.”
Taylor Shaw has an impressive heritage, stretching back more than a century.
It was formed in 2002 following the amalgamation of Taylor Valves, established in 1904, and Lockwood-based Shaw Son and Greenhalgh, formed in 1876.
And Mr Greenhalgh said the future was bright.
“It’s going to be hard work for the next two to three months, but there’s huge potential for the business and everybody is very optimistic and positive about the future,” he said.
Worker Tommy Crosse, who is also shop steward for trade union Unite (formerly Amicus), said: “We are hoping to be back at work by Monday, but things are still up in the air. We have been kept informed throughout this whole process and everyone seems quite happy that it has been sorted out.”
Matt Hardy, of administrators Poppleton and Appleby added: “We are delighted to confirm the sale was completed yesterday following lengthy negotiations.”