HYNDBURN MP Greg Pope has written to the owners of the Accrington Nori factory urging them to reconsider the decision to close the site.
Mr Pope wrote to Patrick O’Shea, the chief executive of Hanson Building Products, with a "think again’’ message.
He said: "Despite the credit crunch and the inevitable effect this is having on the construction industry, there are compelling grounds for maintaining production at the Accring-ton site.
"These are based on storage capacity, clay reserves, strong export credentials, quality of product and workforce and, of course, the world-famous Nori name.
"I have urged Mr O’Shea to reflect on this and come up with a different solution.
"The Accrington site has access to one of the best clay deposits in the UK, and Accrin-gton brick has a good track record of exporting because it is a world-famous product.
"Brick-making is part of the fabric and history of the town. We must do everything we can to ensure that it is part of the future as well."
However, regional GMB union officer David Coxon said he expected around 80 jobs would be lost, despite meetings with company bosses.
He said: "We have begun a 30-day consultation process but from the first meeting, held on Tuesday, there seems very little chance of reversing the decision.
"We are probably looking at keeping a skeleton crew of around six people for maintenance and site security while the quarry is ‘mothballed’ with a view to re-opening it at a later date when the market picks up.
"Redundancy will be paid out under the GMB agreement.
"The employees are really upset and angry.
"They can’t understand why the Accrington site should close."
The consultation is due to conclude at the end of October.