A BARNSLEY-based company which employed around 200 people has ceased trading with immediate effect.

Euramax Solutions Ltd, based on Ashroyd’s Way in Platts Common, was founded in 1950 originally under the name Ellbee.

In 1993 it was acquired by OmniMax USA and rebranded as Euramax.

It was brought back under the control of a UK-based parent company, Modular Group Investments, (MGI) in 2021.

The firm, which manufacture uPVC windows and doors for holiday homes and home improvement markets, operates a mammoth 205,000sq ft facility in the town.

Euramax employed an average of 213 staff in 2022, up from 172 staff in 2021, according to its report for the year to June 30, 2022.

Over the same period, the firm reported a turnover of £26.5m, with pre-tax profits of £129,000.

The business was one of many organisations left out of pocket when Knaresborough-based housebuilder Ilke Homes entered liquidation last year.

A report shows that the Barnsley-based firm was owed a total of £619,000 by Ilke Homes which is likely to have had a major impact.

It’s believed that, combined with a downturn in demand from the holiday homes market during the pandemic, were contributory factors.

It was confirmed last week that the firm had ceased trading with immediate effect, with the company working with skeleton staff to finalise the last of current production, whilst also shutting down the site in the short-term.

Barnsley Council have confirmed they are working with the affected staff.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, told the Chronicle: “The recent news of Euramax entering administration and the loss of jobs is deeply concerning.

“As soon we were made aware of the possibility of people losing their jobs, we worked with representatives of Euramax to try and support the business to remain trading.

“Whilst we were unable to prevent the business from closing we are working closely with our partners, including the Department for Work and Pensions and other local businesses who currently have vacancies, to keep the number of job losses to a minimum.

“We are committed to supporting the Euramax staff who have been affected by this closure.

“Our skills and employability support team, alongside the Department for Work and Pensions, are meeting staff to offer advice and guidance.

“Any staff who have already left the organisation can also receive this support from our teams by emailing employmentsupport@barnsley.gov.uk, visiting barnsley.gov.uk/SkillsAndEmployability or calling 775100.”