New manufacturing jobs boost for North Wales

08/08/2014

BuckleyGlen Dimplex, the world's largest manufacturer of electrical heating, has announced plans to establish a new facility in North Wales creating 50 new jobs with support from the Welsh Government.

The Irish company is investing in a 45,000 square foot industrial unit at Buckley to manufacture medical and commercial refrigeration units. Their investment, supported by business finance from the Welsh Government, will create 50 new manufacturing jobs over the next year and recruitment will get underway immediately.

Economy Minister, Edwina Hart said: “Glen Dimplex’s decision to expand to Buckley is great news for the area. I am very pleased that we have been able to work with the company to secure this project in Wales. It fits well with our aspirations to attract new inward investment companies, especially in the manufacturing sector which is the focus of the nearby Deeside Enterprise Zone.”

As well as manufacturing electrical heating appliances, Glen Dimplex holds significant market positions in domestic appliances, cooling, ventilation, and renewable energy solution industries worldwide.

Commenting on this latest development, Mark Abbott, Managing Director of Glen Dimplex Professional Appliances and its leading medical refrigeration brand, Lec Medical, said: “As well as enabling us to consolidate our manufacturing base in the UK, this new facility will enable us to capitalise on new and lucrative business opportunities. It’s exciting times all round.”

“Our new production facility also places us right at the heart of a manufacturing hub, enabling us to better serve our UK and International client base. As such, our customers will benefit from the opening of this new factory as we can provide them with a much enhanced service. We look forward to starting recruitment in the coming weeks, adds Mark.”

Headquartered in Ireland, the company has built up a collection of prominent appliance brands including Dimplex, Stoves, New World, Belling, LEC, Redring Xpelair, Goblin, Roberts Radio and others since its founding in 1973. With an annual turnover of €1.5billion, the group employs 10,000 people globally. It has operations in North America, Germany, Holland, Japan, Poland, Belgium, France, China, Australia and Scandinavia. The new Welsh facility will form part of the company’s Professional appliances division that supplies refrigeration units for hospitals, pharmacies and laboratories amongst others.

The First Minister, Carwyn Jones, met with Glen Dimplex founder and owner Martin Naughton at their headquarter offices in Dublin during a visit in November 2013.

Glen Dimplex will be hiring for a wide variety of roles ranging from production operatives to facilities maintenance. Recruitment starts immediately and job positions can be found online at www.gappersonneljobs.com/glendimplex

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