Construction of a new £22m factory creating new jobs and increased output for the UK’s trailer and body building industry has begun in Winsford, Cheshire.
Tiger Trailers announced the investment at the 2017 CV Show, with work to construct the new site commencing last week after planning approval was granted.
Bosses at the British company say the new site will enable the company to double annual production to around 3,000 trailers and bodies, as well as create a further 120 skilled jobs over the next three years.
Joint Managing Directors John and Steven Cartwright say the business is outgrowing its current production facility, and the new site will speed up delivery times and enable it to branch out into new sectors – including the country’s booming home delivery vehicle market, as well as temperature-controlled bodies and trailers.
A breaking-ground ceremony was held at the site, off Road One of the Winsford Industrial Estate, last Friday, with local MP Antoinette Sandbach the guest of honour.
At the reveal, John Cartwright said: “Today is the start of a new chapter in our history and we wanted to invite everyone on the team to be part of it. We’ve been planning this factory for almost two years; we’re now only six months away and we can’t wait to realise its full potential.”
Tiger has grown from a turnover of £1.98m in 2014 to £31.51m in 2017, with the new factory providing it with the capability to reach £60m – £70m after three years.
“Our pace of growth has been pretty remarkable for a UK-based manufacturer, driven by customer demand both domestically and within Europe,” added Cartwright. “We’re confident about what the future holds, and excited about the wider opportunities the factory will bring – including options to extend beyond our current dry freight product range.”
Construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland will lead the 27-week build and fitting-out phase for the 168,000ft² site, enabling Tiger to turn its attention to growing its workforce in time for the transfer into the new factory. The company has an immediate requirement for 40 new members of staff, including 20 apprentices.