Byline: By Howard Walker
Up to 50 jobs have been created in County Durham with the arrival
of household security group Yale.
Yale Door & Window Solutions has moved its production of
multi-point locking systems from the Midlands to Derwentside.
Production at the centre started at the beginning of the year and
Yale now employs 85 people in County Durham, with 35 working at
associated sites in Consett and Chilton.
Derwentside development agency Dida advised on the investment
package for the move and support came from County Durham Development
Company and Derwentside District Council.
The company's new site on Castleside Industrial Estate,
Consett, makes locks tailored to the demands of customers including
Pennine, Anglian, Everest and Warmseal.
Yale Door & Window Solutions managing director Andrew Mee said:
"It made sense to transfer the multi-point operation here and to
form a smaller, more focused business unit that enables us to respond to
customer requirements very quickly.
"The quality of the workforce in Derwentside was one of the
major attractions for sloten maker us and the entire team has worked really hard to
get the company operational within an impressive time scale.
"With the growth in demand for PVC doors and windows, we are
confident that there is considerable potential for this product and this
site also gives us scope for expansion."
The multi-point operation is in the group's own premises,
formerly leased by Bison Bede and a site that has remained empty since
the stairlift maker's move to Consett's Number One Industrial
Dida business adviser Steve Armstrong said: "This has to be
good news for Derwentside. Up to 50 new jobs have been brought into the
district by a global group that is the market leader in its field and it
has also led to the refurbishment of factory premises that were vacant.
"This is an excellent example of business support agencies
working together with both Derwentside District Council and County
Durham Development Company supporting the project."
Derwentside development director John Pearson said: "Yale
arriving in Derwentside can only be good news for the district as a
whole and is testament to the close working partnerships Derwentside
District Council has with other business support agencies to help
attract world leaders to the area."
Yale Door & Window Solutions is part of the world-leading lock
group Assa Abloy, which owns more than 130 companies.
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