Sudbury firm delighted with new site

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A SUDBURY manufacturing business is celebrating the completion of the first phase of what will be its new UK headquarters.

British Gaskets has built a 2,000 square metre factory and warehouse on the former Anglian Water site in Brundon Lane, Sudbury, and staff from its Essex offices in Halstead and Brentwood have now moved into the building.

Spokesman Tyron Grainger-Jones said: “Phase one of the new development is now complete and is looking great.

“The majority of factory employees moved into the new production unit in January and the office staff moved into the newly-refurbished office building a few weeks ago. The landscaping is being done at the moment and is really taking shape.”

The company has got planning permission for an 18,000 square foot production unit which will be built later this year, which completes the company’s plan for the site.

Its objective was to bring three of its businesses – a warehouse and distribution centre in Brentwood, Essex, a plastic mouldings factory in Halstead, and the current operation in Sudbury – on to the same site.

Mr Grainger-Jones added: “All in all, it’s very exciting and positive times for local business and British manufacturing.

“Now that we have merged our Brentwood and Halstead operations into one building, the next phase is to build a new production unit and this should be ready for occupation early next year.”

He said the final development will create some 20 new jobs, mainly in production, with a small number of office jobs.

British Gaskets provides gaskets and moulding materials to various industries, including the automotive and automotive after-sales sector, as well as the agricultural and domestic appliance markets.

The company has other sites in Swindon and East Kilbride, Scotland.