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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 Estate.

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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