Fittings, taps and valves manufacturer Pegler Yorkshire has announced a £12 million investment in new machinery for its Doncaster site, designed to improve efficiency and capacity.
The investment includes a contribution from the Grant for Business Investment scheme (GBI) of £3m through Yorkshire Forward and the Department for Business Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR).
Minister for Business Pat McFadden (MP) and Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber Rosie Winterton (MP) made the announcement during a visit to Pegler Yorkshire’s Doncaster facility.
The investment will allow the existing rod making facility to be replaced. A number of potential suppliers have already been short-listed and negotiations are at an advanced stage. Orders for the first stage of the project are already being placed and it is envisaged that the new facility will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2010.
Speaking about the grant and his visit to Pegler Yorkshire, Pat McFadden said, “It is a difficult time, but it is important to say we are a still a country that makes things. The Government cannot say yes to every grant, but where a company is strategically important, and a critical part of UK manufacturing, this is when we want to support business and we are delighted to be able to do it.”
Pegler Yorkshire operations managing director, Martin Dowling added: “The £3m investment from the government has been essential, without it the project would not have been financially viable.”