A DOOR and window maker is aiming to see its way through the credit crunch by expanding its factory and increasing its workforce by a half to cope with increased demand.
Solex Manufacturing hopes to boost turnover to £4m by the end of the year after merging its two premises in Washington into one larger site on the town’s Benthall Business Park.
It also plans to increase staff by 10 from the current 22, creating roles in manufacturing, health and safety and contracts management.
Managing director Michael Mersh said: “This will really make a difference to our business by helping us to access new markets and ultimately increase our turnover to £5m over the next three years.”
Solex, which also makes curtain walling, shop fronts, security roller shutters, fire screens and steel doors, counts Bhs, PC World, Debenhams and Halfords among previous customers.
It is now looking at larger contracts and has secured work under the British Schools for the Future banner at North East and South East schools.
It has a £40,000 One NorthEast grant. ONE’s business finance adviser Tony Brown said: “Solex is an excellent example of a growing manufacturing business in the region and I am very pleased that One NorthEast has been able to offer support to the firm at this critical time in its evolution.”