Major jobs boost as Burnley engineering firm set to expand
A SPECIALIST engineering firm in Burnley is set to ‘cap off’ an expansion programme by making a significant contribution towards a 100-plus jobs boost for the town.
More than four-and-a-half million components for the perfume trade, with customers including the likes of Avon, Boots, Body Shop and Marks and Spencer, fly out of the doors of specialist anodising firm SACO each week.
And with a £3.5million investment programme, which will see the firm’s two Elm Street factories joined by a third on the Heasandford Industrial Estate, around 20 new jobs will be added to the 240-strong workforce.
The outfit has also received £150,000 from the Accelerating Business Growth (ABG) initiative, as part of a £630,000 financial injection for the borough.
Vicky Moody, the company’s sales and commercial director, said: “Our second anodising line will be installed in our ‘factory one’ in Elm Street and should be operational by the end of 2014.
“We have around 1,500 standard caps and shrouds in our range and we export around 85 per cent of our production to Europe.”
First established in 1985, SACO, which has seen a 15 per cent sales hike this year, is now on the lookout for everything from press operators and toolmakers to engineering apprentices.
Further grants handed out under the ABG scheme, which is supported by the Regional Growth Fund, will result in the creation of another 83 jobs. The other beneficiaries, supporting £5million of private investment, include BCW Engineering, Cherrytree Bakery, Equestrian Surfaces, Sweet Dreams and Velocity Composites, the latter of which will see 25 posts created.
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