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Report - Federal Mogul Camshafts Ltd Surrey, summer 2012

Discussion in 'Industrial Sites' started by TheTimeChamber, Aug 27, 2012.

  1. TheTimeChamber

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    Well, having a bank holiday free I scoured the internet for something derelict near my house that required zero effort in terms of exploring. I didn't turn up much, other than an old factory down near Godalming...It was a good little mooch for an hour, the factory floor was totally stripped and featureless.

    History shamefully stolen from elsewhere on the internet

    The company announced in May 2007 that it was seeking 70 redundancies in its 140-strong workforce at the long established engineering premises but it said it would continue to manufacture out of the Elstead factory, supplying customers such as BMW and Perkins.
    remaining workers were informed that the factory would almost certainly close in October 2008.

    The Elstead works started life at the beginning of the 20th century as Weyburn Engineering, and in recent years was merged to become Weyburn Bartel before being bought by Federal Mogul.
    It has always been the only real factory in the village, and it employed about 300 people in 1937 when it manufactured lifeboat engines and parts for cars and aeroplanes.
    When soaring asbestos liabilities forced Federal Mogul to file Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US in 2001, its UK subsidiaries were placed under the control of court appointed administrators.

    The Elstead workforce, who carry out precision engineering for a number of high profile clients on the four-acre site, believed the business still had a future, despite the company’s decision to make 70 redundancies.

    However, hopes faded after most of the site was sold to a property developer.


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    Attached to the site was an office block/social club. Which was dire, back at some point in its life, someone had decided to put a false ceiling and lowered the headroom by a good amount. This made for a dingy centre...


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    S8 :)
     

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