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AmbiRad takeover saves jobs at Benson Heating

More than 40 jobs have been saved following the successful takeover of Knightonbased Benson Heating by heating and ventilation firm AmbiRad Group.

Benson Heating, which supplied oil and gas-fired heaters, went into administration at the end of May 2009, resulting in all 73 members of staff losing their jobs at the company’s factory in Powys.

Now AmbiRad has now restored sales and production at the facility. After the take-over, more than 40 of the jobs at the site have been saved.

AmbiRad’s managing director Mike Brookes said: “We’re delighted to have restored jobs in
Powys, helping support the local economy and community, where manufacturing employment
opportunities are all too limited.

“Response to the takeover from the workforce and client base has been exceptional – and trading in the period since acquisition has exceeded expectations.

“With improving trading conditions forecast, together with ongoing support from the Welsh
Assembly Government, further job creation is expected as we improve and expand our product base.”

He added that Benson Heating’s products and services would complement AmbiRad Group’s existing range of heating, cooling and ventilation solutions, including brands such as AmbiRad, Nordair Niche, Airbloc and Reznor UK.

AmbiRad insists that investment in product development is under way and will underpin an  aggressive growth plan in domestic and overseas markets.

This will also ensure compliance with building regulations and legislation, as well as successful integration within the AmbiRad Group.

In addition to the Powys site,AmbiRad has headquarters in Brierley Hill, West Midlands. Its
Nordair Niche brand has sites in Stockport in Cheshire and Braintree in Essex.