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Caribbean Blinds in Sudbury aims to double current workforce after unveiling major factory expansion plans

Plans for a major factory expansion have been unveiled by a Sudbury-based manufacturing firm, which intends to ultimately double its current workforce as a result of the development.

Caribbean Blinds, a company specialising in making and supplying external blinds, patio awnings and roof canopies, announced this week that it intends to begin work on a 10,000 square foot extension of its existing site at Woodhall Business Park in October.

Targeted for completion in spring 2021, the investment will more than double the firm’s current storage space, enabling more assembly stations and rigs to be installed in the main building, thereby significantly increasing production capacity.

Stuart Dantzic runs Caribbean Blinds in Sudbury. Contributed picture. (37548565)
Stuart Dantzic runs Caribbean Blinds in Sudbury. Contributed picture. (37548565)

The family-run business also confirmed it will initially recruit six additional technicians to its team and, over time, aims to increase the workforce to twice its current size, from 24 to 48 employees.

The announcement comes after Caribbean Blinds reported 30 per cent year-on-year growth between the start of 2017 and the end of 2019, as well as continued strong sales during the coronavirus lockdown.

Managing director Stuart Dantzic said: “This extension will allow for our ongoing development and provide us with the production capacity to supply expected demand.

“This investment has also enabled us to remain on our current site and in Sudbury for the foreseeable future, continuing Caribbean Blinds’ two-decade long residence in the area.

“The new and improved factory will massively impact the local economy, allowing us to employ more people locally for the manufacture and assembly of our products.

“The height of the extension has scope for even further future growth, with the ability to include a second and, potentially, third floor in the extension building, mirroring the floor plans of our existing main building.”

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