North East-based B&B Attachments is set to create 18 new jobs with its expansion into a 40,000 sq ft factory in Cramlington. With local funding support from Arch, the Development Company for Northumberland, the move represents a major leap forward in the company’s development plans.
B&B Attachments Ltd is the leading independent supplier of forklift truck attachments in the UK. Based in Nelson Park Industrial Estate, the company’s experience in material handling began more than 30 years ago with a workforce of just 3 people. The current expansion, in response to increased customer demand both domestically and overseas, and along with the expansion of the design and manufacturing capability for specialist fork lift truck attachments and equipment hire service, has resulted in the generation of an additional 18 jobs, bringing the total workforce to 64 by 2016, and the need for larger premises.
A total of £720k has been invested at Cramlington in plant and machinery as well as the workforce. The new posts will be primarily technical roles including welding fabrication, engineering and apprentice positions.
"This move represents an exciting development for B&B Attachments," enthused Mike Barton, Managing Director at B&B Attachments. "The new space is a dream come true for all the B&B team, it allows us to expand to support our growth while giving us on-site dedicated facilities and much needed space. We are thrilled with our new building and look forward to continue to build on the success we have accomplished.”
B&B Attachments new factory, on the Nelson Park Industrial Estate, will allow the business to diversify and also restore and refurbish clients' equipment. The company is set to attract business from all over the UK, Europe and North America. Its current client base already includes global blue chip companies and extends to the USA, Egypt and Malaysia.
B&B Attachments, Operations Director, John Lamberth comments: "The move is a fantastic opportunity for us to take advantage of our unique position as the leader in the purpose-built forklift attachment field. The bespoke design and manufacturing service we are offering is a great opportunity for us to grow the business and extend our global client base."
"B&B Attachments is a perfect example of a business which was primed and ready to move its operation up to the next level and needed some funding support to make it happen. Adds Peter McIntyre, Arch Group Managing Director. “I am delighted there are a substantial number of skilled jobs being created in Northumberland as part of the investment. By training apprentices as part of the expansion B&B Attachments are also safeguarding technical skills for the future."