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He said: "We are shocked. There has been a lot of streamlining in the past few years but we still never thought that Nottingham would close completely.
"Smoking is becoming less popular in the developed world but it is increasing in places like the Far East and Middle East," he said. "As a company selling a consumer product, this is where you want to be."
"Moving manufacturing to Eastern Europe means it is going to be easy enough to put the product on to lorries and send them to the UK. So the decision is logistically sound."
"A lot of younger people had started working there and hoped to work there for a long time.
The unions representing Imperial Tobacco workers, Unite and GMB, vowed to fight the closure and the move of production to Eastern Europe, Nike Air Huarache Ultra Red
Mr Bergin concluded: "It really is a shame. It was a great company for local people and a big employer over the years, hiring thousands of people.
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calling it "a cynical ploy" to keep profits up.
Chris Ward, 44, another factory worker said: "I just feel very demoralised and upset. It is a bad day for Nottingham there is a lot of history here."
"It's another nail in the coffin for UK manufacturing and a loss of revenue for the exchequer."
The factory on Thane Road, in Lenton Industrial Estate, has been operating only at half capacity as a result and will now become a victim of a changing industry, closing its doors by 2016.
Local MPs have also been shocked by the proposals.
Yet, even if the logistics make sense, it hasn't stopped the local sense of loss, with another Nottingham name biting the dust.
But Dr Alexander Trautrims, lecturer in supply chain management at Nottingham University Business School, said the tobacco market was shifting to the East and the company had to Nike Huarache On Feet
Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South, said she was already in conversations with Imperial Tobacco to see if the company can be persuaded to change its mind.
George Cowcher, chief executive of the Chamber of Commerce for Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire, said the move was "a big blow."
If you can't see that this is an almighty wasteful 'white elephant', vanity project that lumbers the tax payer with unnecessary cost then you are not just silly you quite plainly ridiculous. Stop waving those pom poms in front of your eyes and wake up to this scandalous abuse of public money.
And finding work is high on many of the employee's agendas.
Rhys McCarthy, national officer at Unite, said: "The company has callously decided to dump its UK workers and the only people who will be benefiting from this move are the shareholders and executive directors who will trouser even more money from this cost cutting exercise once the dust has settled.
"Smoking is shrinking further and further so there needs to be consolidation in European markets as there won't be a lot of growth.
cigarettes, with research claiming more than 780,000 counterfeit or smuggled cigarettes are smoked every day across Nottinghamshire alone.
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Derek Bergin, 56, from West Bridgford, worked at Imperial Tobacco for 33 years on the production floor but retired last November.
Jamie Butler, 41, a worker at the Air Huarache Utility Premium factory, said: "I've been here 23 years and my wife works here too. We've got four kids. It's going to have a massive effect on our family and our life."
"Nottingham is a resilient city and I'm confident we can recover from this blow," she said. "I will be doing everything I can, together with the city council and other partners, to ensure that those affected receive all the help and support they need."
FW, never fails to bite. I know who the one is who looks silly.
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He added: "It's another traditional local industry along with coal mining and textiles which has been virtually lost or in decline in recent years and it will be extremely sad to see it go.
"Although the shutdown will be phased over the next two years, focus must be placed on trying to get as many of the affected employees as possible into alternative employment."
"Those are the ones we are feeling sorry for as usually when you get a job there, you stay there. Those younger people are going to be very disappointed."
But FW, lets take your 4 months figures that you use in your usual high kicking ra ra ra cheerleading for the city council. If we project those 4 months over a whole year we get 8030 cycle days usage per year. A weeks cycle hire is equating to a rental income of 8030 / 7 5 = per annum. The scheme cost to set up which means it will take over 61 years to pay back its start up costs. We all know a bike doesn't last that long. That per annum income figure not only has to pay 61 years of startup cost but also all the ongoing maintenance of the bikes and goodness knows how many staff. Of course it can't the poor taxpayer is lumbered again.
Business leaders were concerned about the impact on Nottingham's economy.
"But the amount of production just kept declining and there is nothing you can do about that. It is just very sad."
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