Elizabeth Truss MP opens new £1.2m facility at timber manufacturer in East Harling
PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:09 09 September 2016
A timber engineering firm in East Harling is hoping to almost double its annual turnover after the completion of a £1.2m manufacturing facility.
The new factory at Crendon Engineering Ltd was opened by South West Norfolk MP Elizabeth Truss on Friday.
The Justice Secretary was one of a party of invited guests, including customers and suppliers of the company and Crendon’s managing director Alex Mcleod, who attended the official opening.
Ms Truss said: “I remember visiting this factory a few years ago and it is fantastic to see that it is expanding. It shows there is growing manufacturing in this county.
“With a growing number of houses being built every year I want to see local builders and local timber producers being used, and to see young people get jobs and apprenticeships. I know there is a huge demand for skills in the construction industry and there are a lot of opportunities for young people to gain those skills.”
The facility, which was finished early and under budget, will enable the company to expand its production of roof trusses from 45,000 to 75,000 per year, and its production of Posi-joists is expected to double from 25,000 to 50,000 per year due to the purchase of a second strutts runner.
It also has one of only a handful of Hundegger automatic saws in use in the UK.
The expansion has also seen the creation of 10 new jobs – five each in the factory and office – with 10 more to be created in the next year.
Tim Wilson, Crendon regional manager, said: “I would like to sincerely thank all the employees at East Harling. It has been a very difficult eight months while this was being built, we had to relocated to a facility across the road and we had the whole yard taken away.
“All of us have worked exceptionally well despite the distractions and we have not let any customers down. You should all be very proud of the work and effort you have put in.
“The job is only half done, we still have to fill the facility with production and get stuff out, but I think we have done the first half exceptionally well.”
Mr Mcleod said: “I’m glad people have take the time to come here and share in the celebration of the opening of this factory.”
The company, formerly Aspect Roofing, was bought by Crendon four years ago. The completion of the new facility is part of a drive to expand the business in East Harling, Crendon’s first East Anglian arm.
The timber firm has clients including building merchants Ridgeons and house builders Hopkins Homes and Weston Homes.
Mr Mcleod said the East Harling site’s annual turnover was expected to rise from £4m in 2015 to £6m this year, and to £7m in 2017.
“This project is part of a vision from my predecessor to turn Crendon, which was a small business, into a national operation. This is just another part of that journey,” he added.