AN MP has promised to continue battling for the former Hopkinsons valve firm to stay in Huddersfield after it leaves its Birkby works.
The company plans to sell the complex at Britannia Works, Wheathouse Road, and move to smaller premises.
The firm, now called Weir Valves and Controls UK, is to axe 180 of its 360 workforce after running up losses.
Glasgow-based parent group Weir says the job cuts are needed to stem losses and make the business viable.
Huddersfield Labour MP Barry Sheerman was briefed on the issues at a meeting with Phil Clifton, Weir's divisional managing director.
Mr Sheerman said: "I had a good meeting with Mr Clifton and I was very impressed by his determination to turn the Hopkinsons business around.
"Although there will be job losses, there is a good management team there. They know they have a good brand in Hopkinsons and they know they have a good workforce.
"They will be working as hard as possible to make sure the staff are looked after and to turn the business around."
Mr Sheerman said Weir were hoping to find a site for the valves business within five miles of five miles of Britannia Works.
He said: "That might cover Calderdale as well as Kirklees. But I would like to keep the business in Huddersfield."
Mr Sheerman said he hoped the Birkby site could be used by industry after Weir moved out.
"It would be tragic if this site disappeared as a major centre for manufacturing," he said.
"We have too little industrial land in Huddersfield.
"We need to improve the skills of our workforce - and that means making sure we get as many small business start-ups as we can," added Mr Sheerman.
We need more space for small businesses."