Jobs hope as Clitheroe engineering firm expands

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A CLITHEROE high precision machining company is setting itself apart from those floundering in the current economic downturn.

Clitheroe Light Engineering, based on Upbrooks Industrial Estate, has already created 15 more jobs in the last 12 months, and looks set to continue to invest in people and skills.

A world class company, Clitheroe Light Engineering manufactures internal hydraulic valve gear for powered roof supports in coal mines and its products are exported all over the world.

This year, the company is investing more than £1.5m. in the business, which will see an increase in its automated manufacturing capacity of 20%.

An additional factory is also in the process of being built on the Upbrooks Industrial Estate site as the company has outgrown its existing building.

This new factory will create an additional 1,000 square metres of manufacturing floor space.

Helen Meloy, the company’s operations director, said: “Existing customers are demanding more capacity as they see an increase in productivity in markets such as underground and surface mining and hydraulics.

“The lean and efficient approach to manufacturing ensures Clitheroe Light Engineering can compete globally by offering customers competitive prices which keeps the work in the UK.”

She added: “Clitheroe Light Engineering constantly invests in new technology and its strengths lie in automated manufacture.

“We work for a handful of blue chip companies aiming to create and maintain powerful customer relationships, which are built on the foundations of quality and reliability.

“Clitheroe Light Engineering focuses on creating strategic partnerships with its customers and suppliers, which helps to facilitate investment.”