A forklift truck supply company is to create 18 new jobs thanks to a £650,000 investment.
Cramlington-based B&B Attachments will also expand its design and manufacturing capability for brick and block forklift truck attachments and relocate within Nelson Park Industrial Estate.
As part of the move, 18 jobs will be created in welding fabrication, engineering and apprentice positions, bringing the total workforce to 64 by 2016. The growth is in response to increased customer demand both domestically and overseas.
A total of £650,000 is being invested in plant and machinery as well as the workforce, £200,000 of it coming from Arch, the Northumberland development company.
B&B Attachments operations director John Lamberth said: “We could not have proceeded with this expansion without Arch’s support. The move will be a fantastic opportunity for us to take advantage of our unique position as the leader in the purpose-built forklift attachment field.
“We are proud to be a Northumberland company, employing local people and they play a huge part in our success. The bespoke design and manufacturing service we are offering is a great opportunity for us to grow the business and extend our client base.”
Dave Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council and chairman of Arch, added: “This company 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.
“I am delighted that such a substantial number of skilled jobs are 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.”
The company’s new 40,000sq ft factory, also on the Nelson Park Industrial Estate, will allow it to diversify and restore and refurbish clients’ machines and aims to attract business for their new service from throughout the UK, Europe and North America. Its current client base already includes global blue chip companies and extends to the USA, Egypt and Malaysia.
In 2014 the company won top honours as Supplier of the Year, voted for by Members of the Forklift Truck Association (FLTA). It had previously won the Environmental Award from the FLTA.