Ice cream manufacturer Hill Station has closed its factory in Cheadle, Cheshire.

All activities ceased at the factory on 15 December and production has been transferred to its larger factory in Cwmbran, south Wales.

In February this year, Hill Station said the factory was to close following its acquisition of rival ice cream companies Granelli McDermott and Loseley Dairy Ice Cream in November 2005.

It has also appointed Michael Etherington as group operations director. He joins from Heinz where he held various operations management positions, most recently responsible for two frozen food sites in Norfolk.