A COMPANY making tumble driers has returned to normal working patterns after having to impose a three-day week.
Hipperholme-based Crosslee cut employees’ hours in mid-March in the face of reduced demand due to the global recession.
But the firm said a change in working practices and success in winning new orders meant Crosslee would revert to its normal spring-summer level of four days a week from June 1.
A spokeswoman said: “Although the retail marketplace is still going through difficulties, the company has seen the benefits of its re-structuring and cost-cutting exercises as well as benefiting from the current exchange rates and has begun to win additional business not only here in the UK, but also globally.
“The company has the added advantage of a hard-working and loyal workforce who have all taken on board the recent changes in working practices.
“This has aided the business to become more competitive, which in turn has contributed to the company’s ability to win new business between now and February 2010.”
The spokeswoman said the company also expected to return to full five-day-week manufacturing from August 3 and anticipated recruiting seasonal temporary labour during mid-August.
She said: “The company will, of course, continue to monitor the market conditions and take whatever action is necessary to ensure that it remains one of the key manufacturing employers within the area.”
The company said it would be making no further comment.
Crosslee, which has about 500 employees drawn from across Kirklees and Calderdale, imposed the three-day week from March 16 after seeing a sharp decline in demand for its machines, which include the well-known White Knight range of driers.
It said demand had been hit by the slowdown in the housing market, consumers’ fears about job security and the withdrawal of credit facilities by lenders following the banking crisis.
The company also revealed that four of its largest customers had gone into administration in an eight-week period.
Crosslee works reduced hours in the spring-summer period when demand for driers is relatively low.
The company axed 50 jobs last October when it blamed soaring costs and the worsening economy for the move.
The company’s products are sold in 75 countries.