The Hexham management team has been implementing the move, which was scheduled for completion on April 6, over the last week.

Egger’s Barony production facility had earlier begun a shutdown process on March 24 following the temporary closure of its major customers in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“Like most companies we continue to monitor the fast-changing situation during the Coronavirus crisis, with the health and safety of our employees, customers and stakeholders being our top priority,” it said.

“Our warehouse and dispatch team will continue to operate in a capacity to meet the requirements of our customers who generally remain on the “essential” Government list.

“Other services continue to be serviced by key employees working remotely. Significant quantities of our material continue to be used in the construction and fit out of new NHS hospitals and other essential areas.”

The majority of employees are being placed on the furlough scheme with additional financial support offered by the company.