A North East environmental engineering firm has expanded its manufacturing capabilities by doubling the size of its factory.
GT Group, which has a factory in Peterlee has taken over a building next to its advanced manufacturing plant at Whitehouse Business Park.
The business success at the engineering product, design and manufacturing company will see turnover grow by more than 35% in 2014 as it increases its floor space by 50,000 sq ft.
GT Group chairman Geoff Turnbull said: “We are entering an exciting new phase, which is one of the most significant in the company’s history and will guarantee the longevity of the business for decades to come.”
Turnbull added: “Everyone at GT Group is passionate about manufacturing and the North East and we are proud to be helping the region make its mark throughout the world. We export to 60 countries with overseas sales accounting for 80% of our turnover, which grew by 25%, in 2012/13.”
The company, which employs 350 people in the North East, comprises five businesses that design and manufacture products including emission reduction products for industrial vehicles, coupling systems for transferring oil, gas and other hazardous liquids and specialist bodies for the mining industry.
The firm recently announced it had secured £100m in new advance orders adding to a healthy order book to keep its workforce employed until 2020.