Northumberland County Council has pledged to do everything in its powers to safeguard the future of a cosmetics factory threatened with closure.
The Coty factory in Seaton Delaval, formerly owned by Procter and Gamble, is reviewing the future of the site. An announcement is expected later this afternoon.
Up to 450 jobs could be at risk.
Coun Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “This is very worrying news for us in the county and particularly for the staff who work in the factory, which has been a major employer in the area for many years.
“The loss of so many jobs would have a massive impact – not just on individuals and their families, but also the wider economy and future prosperity of the area.
“Along with our partners, we are exploring all avenues to see what support the council can provide in the short, medium and long term.
“We will be seeking an urgent meeting with management at the site and will be working with development company Arch to pull together a taskforce, as we have done for other major employers that have faced similar situations.”