Deritend New Centre of Excellence Could See 25 Jobs CreatedMember News
Made in the Midlands member Deritend could create 25 new jobs after it finalised the creation of a new regional centre of excellence in West Bromwich. The firm hopes the expansion will bring about contracts in a selection of sectors.
Deritend Group, a Black Country Engineering Solutions Provider, which celebrated 121 years in business in 2019, is moving a lot of its operations for the Midlands from Wolverhampton into the modern facility in Brandon Way, giving it additional space to create a dedicated fabrication shop.
More than £500,000 is being spent on the expansion and comes as the firm is looking to bounce from Covid-19, with a number of new contract wins in the food, water and waste sectors. Deritend plays a critical role in ensuring we have clean water in our homes, production lines meet just-in-time requirements and society has a regular supply of food.
The experts in the repair and replacement of electric motors, pumps, gearboxes, electronic controls and induction equipment are also at the final stage of a number of long-term tenders which, if successful, will require a significant recruitment drive.
Richard Hale, CEO of Deritend said:
“We keep UK industry and a lot of essential utilities going, so we tend to be a good barometer for economic recovery, being the first to feel a recession and the first to emerge from it,”
“During the pandemic, we had to furlough about 50 staff as projects just dropped off a cliff. However, over the last three months, we have seen output increase by 30% and we are now operating at around 85%.”
He continued: “The really exciting news is that we are on the verge of potentially winning some major contracts and these will provide long-term work and possibly 25 new jobs, including workshop fitters, site fitters, welders and fabricators.”
The recent relocation to West Bromwich takes its annual investment to over £1m, with new equipment installed and an upskilling programme implemented for the majority of its 120-strong workforce.
Dave Booth, Regional Director, continued: “West Bromwich will be our regional centre of excellence for the Midlands, giving us additional space, a purpose-built layout and the opportunity to create our own fabrication shop – just in time really, as we are seeing an increase in demand for this service.
“There is still a lot of uncertainty around, but the service we offer means we have to be in a position to take on new contracts quickly and also meet emergency repairs if a manufacturing line goes down or there is a fault at a water treatment plant.”
He concluded: “The recent investment underlines our commitment to our customers and our desire to be at the forefront of new projects when they arise.”
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