£1m investment at King’s Lynn steel company to create more jobs

Andy Knowles at Optima Stainless in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Andy Knowles at Optima Stainless in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A family business has invested £1m into new technology to strengthen its position as a leading metal processor in the East of England.

Ash Reddington operating the new laser cutting machine at Optima Stainless in King's Lynn. Picture:

Ash Reddington operating the new laser cutting machine at Optima Stainless in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

A new laser cutting machinery has been installed at Optima Stainless in King's Lynn, which will yield a 30pc increase in production growth overnight.

The steel firm, based in the Hardwick Narrows Industrial Estate, will also see an expansion on site in May, which will include a 15,000 sq ft warehouse bringing 12 new jobs within a year.

The Optima Stainless site in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Optima Stainless site in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant

Manager Andy Knowles said: 'The laser cutter is pretty full on, there are only three cutters like it in the UK at the moment at a working stage.

'We can expect new positions to be created, we foresee the need for additional drivers, warehouse operatives, sales staff and laser operatives.'

Optima Stainless in King's Lynn have spent 1m on a new laser cutting machine. Picture: Ian Burt

Optima Stainless in King's Lynn have spent 1m on a new laser cutting machine. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Archant


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Optima was founded in 1992, initially running from a family home using the garage as storage. Over the years, the initial team of nine employees grew to 50.

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