View Full Version : Archived: Ferodo/Friction Dynamics/Friction Dynamex Caernarfon 14/05/2011

15-05-2011, 07:54 PM
History shamelessly plagiarised from Here (http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2009/02/06/new-north-wales-prison-will-bring-1-000-jobs-to-caernarfon-55578-22867957)
ORIGINALLY called Ferodo, it was opened by Princess Margaret in 1962. By the late 60s it employed up to 1,100 making car parts.

In 1997 it was bought by American Craig Smith and renamed Friction Dynamics, with a workforce of 220.

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

The first of three large parades was staged in Caernarfon as the community united in support of the sacked workers. In October 2002, an employment tribunal found they were unfairly dismissed. But before compensation could be paid, Friction Dynamics called in the receivers in August 2003 and all workers were sacked. Within three weeks Dynamex Friction was set up.

The T&G called off the protest at Christmas 2003. In September 2004 an employment tribunal ruled Friction Dynamics and Dynamex Friction were linked, and sacked staff should have been offered work by the new company. In 2006 Dynamex called in the liquidators.[/QUOTE]

There has been talk of a prison being built on the site but this seems to have been shot down before it even took off. The current owners of the site are Bluefield Caernarfon Ltd.

Visited with Minxy (http://www.flickr.com/photos/minxysgallery/) and Kitchen
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The Site is currently home to two pikey looking caravans, complete with pikeys and their dogs. The Ssite is large but pretty much devoid of anything interesting.

We did a lap of the building in the car to recce. then drove into the larger of the building. Only spending minimal time out of the car due to our belief the buildings are full of asbestos. After taking a few snaps we drove down the side to try to find something interesting to get pics of. Kitchen then spotted several pikeys in the building doing what pikeys do best, so we decided to make a hasty exit from the site, pausing at the top of the hill to get snaps for a stitch.

On with the pics click for larger.
Thanks for looking

Vera (mk2)
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5109/5722584235_42887fdd4a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slothster/5722584235/sizes/l/in/photostream/)

Bags of God knows what (but highly likely to be asbestos)
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3404/5723145822_cd83e3ec47_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slothster/5723145822/sizes/l/in/photostream/)

Wide angle showing the width of the building
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5723135892_3babd59039_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slothster/5723135892/sizes/l/in/photostream/)

Stitch take from the turning off Bangor road
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3014/5722592763_9d4374458a_z.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/slothster/5722592763/sizes/l/in/photostream/)