8:00pm Saturday 2nd March 2013
By Mid Devon Star Reporter
MORE than 6,000 people have signed a petition to save Axminster Carpets after the world-famous manufacturers applied to go into administration.
The company - one of Devon's biggest private employers - is looking for a rescue deal after the application was made on February 20.
The firm, which employs 400 people in Axminster and Buckfast, said it would make an announcement on its future by next Tuesday.
Workers, who have not been paid for two weeks, organised the petition, which will be presented to Conservative MP Neil Parish.
A food bank for Axminster Carpets' workers and their families has been launched by the town's Tesco supermarket.
Administrators Duff & Phelps said Axminster Carpets would continue to trade while "all available options" were being pursued by the company.
© Copyright 2001-2013 Newsquest Media Group