Order for Roe workers
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AN EMBRYONIC company is being formed by some of the redundant workforce from the Charles Roe body-building works in Leeds. It has won its first order.
Elements of the Roe workforce, redundant since Leyland Bus moved production to its Workington and Eastern Coach Works plants, have formed a company, Simulated Company Number 49 (Simco), to continue trading in Leeds.
Already, South Yorkshire PTE has placed an order with Simco for 14 midibus bodies on Dennis Domino chassis. They are due for delivery by the end of the current financial year.
They will be bodied to SYPTE specifications, and Simco — which is reported to be associated with the West Yorkshire Enterprise Board — is reported to have given the PTE all necessary technical and financial assurances.
The WYEB refused to comment in any way about Simco when CM contacted a spokesman this week.
West Yorkshire PTE, a longtime customer of Roe, has still to finalise its next vehicle orders, but a spokesman said it was likely that the support for the local works would continue.