Electrolux in Orange has come another step closer to ending its operations, with the last 420-litre top-mount Westinghouse fridge coming off the production line yesterday.
The ABC reports that all of the factory’s casual staff will finish up at the end of the month, followed by full-time employees in three weeks.
The plant’s general manager Mark O’Kane said that roughly a million of the fridges had been manufactured at the site since the 1970s. The factory has been operating since 1946.
"It is really a sad occasion and for me personally it's a realisation now that we're closing the factory and after 70 years of history in the plant, it really is a sad occasion," he told the ABC.
The Central West Daily reports that the bottom-mount fridge model will end production next month, at the same time 46 permanent staff end work.
The decision by the Swedish parent company to close the factory was announced in October 2013.
It will shut next year, most likely in May. It is the last remaining whitegoods factory in the country.
Correction: the Electrolux Orange site, which has been operating since 1946, is not the last making whitegoods. After the Orange site closes, a facility at Dudley Park, SA, will be the last factory manufacturing whitegoods in Australia. We thank the readers for their corrections.
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