Last Days: Tower and Hoover
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South Wales mining and large scale manufacturing has long been in decline and final days of work always bring emotions to the fore. Compare and contrast the celebration of the passing of Tower Colliery with the bitter taste left by the winding down of Hoover from a manufacturing plant churning out thousands of washing machines to a mere distribution centre. Tower was run at a profit by workers for 13 years after the NCB as was wanted to shut it and Italian appliance company Candy took over Hoover and consolidated operations by ending production in the hard-hit heads of the Valleys town of Merthyr Tydfil.