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Weetabix production plant, Burton LatimerHistory / part 3 - modern industrial growth

The 1950s saw further expansion of factories like Weetabix and Alumasc. However, by 1980 the clothing and shoe industries had been killed-off by cheap foreign imports and the high cost of employing so many people to make the goods.

Into the new millennium

By 2000 the town's new bypass and the building of the A14 made the town attractive again as a manufacturing and distribution centre. High-profile national firms like Versalift, Alpro Soya and Abbeyboard have based themselves on the north side of town.

The future

Burton's population is scheduled to increase to about 10,000 over the next ten years - a far cry from the small village of poor agricultural workers, weavers and lacemakers two hundred years ago. Burton Wold, the former area of common land to the east of the town where they once grazed cattle and collected firewood, is now home to what is currently the largest inland wind farm in the country.

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