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Jobs boost as firm relocates to Manvers

AROUND 60 new jobs are to result from the move of a manufacturing company to a new factory in the Manvers area.

Ellbee Ltd is transferring all of its operations at three sites in Leeds to the Nexus 36 unit at Ashroyd Business Park, within the next four months.

It is currently recruiting for an initial 30 posts, assisted by Barnsley Development Agency.

Ellbee, which has been established for over 65 years, is the UK’s leading maker of uPVC and aluminium windows, doors and shower enclosures for the caravan and holiday home, DIY, and home improvement markets. Its clients include caravan and holiday home companies Willerby, ABI, Carnaby, Atlas and Swift, and DIY giant Wickes.

The company has signed a 15-year lease for the Nexus 36 unit – a single-span, new-build across 205,000 square feet.

Managing director Nigel Smailes said the new base would provide a platform from which to grow the business in its existing markets and in new sectors, such as new house construction.

He said: “We’ve invested heavily over recent years to reduce costs and improve response times for our customers.

“We carefully considered a number of different sites for relocation. The new unit allows us to bring all our operations under one roof and lay processes out in straight lines to improve productivity.

“We also chose the site for its excellent transport links, especially to the East Coast, and because being based there gives us access to a pool of skilled local staff.”

Nigel added that the move was a massive vote of confidence from Ellbee’s parent company, building products group Euramax Holdings Inc, that is based in the USA and worth $1.5 billion.

Operations will switch from Leeds in three phases between now and February to ensure supply to customers is not disrupted.

Part of Ellbee’s existing workforce will transfer from Leeds. The total number of new jobs here is not definite but is expected to be in the region of 60, making up a total workforce of about 200. Vacancies will be across the board from fabricators to customer service and operations management staff.

Councillor Linda Burgess, Barnsley Council’s spokesperson for Development, Environment and Culture (Strategy, Programmes and Projects), said: “We are delighted to welcome Ellbee. The new factory will provide an excellent and accessible facility for further growth which will include a range of recruitment opportunities for the local area.

“Barnsley Council’s Economic Development Team, Barnsley Development Agency, is working closely with Ellbee to help the company settle into the area. Our experienced, professional team supports companies throughout the relocation process, and helps to show that Barnsley is a great place to grow a business.”

Ashroyd Business Park is among developments along the M1 corridor making up Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone, where incentives are available to encourage growth and investment by modern manufacturing and technology based firms.

For more information about services offered by Barnsley Development Agency, contact 01226 787 538 or email investment@barnsley.gov.uk

For more information about Ellbee, or to apply for jobs, visit www.ellbee.co.uk or email recruitment@ellbee.co.uk

 

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