Death of an Industry
Ferodo Factory, Caernarfon.
© Dylan Arnold 2014
The Ferodo factory in Caernarfon was opened in 1961 and once employed 1,100 men. In April 2001, T&G members staged industrial action in a dispute over terms and conditions, picketing the factory gates after they were locked out. Eight weeks later, bosses sacked the T&G members, sparking a three-year dispute; the longest of its kind in North Wales.
As part of my previous job, I used to repair and maintain weighing equipment at the site until 1998. I remember the main building here full of workers, machinery, noise, jokes, banter and camaraderie. Now the factory lies in tatters; wrecked, burnt and rotting. Silent, apart from the sound of dripping water and the screeching of gulls nesting in the roof.