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New jobs at engineering firm

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 05, 2013

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THIRTY new jobs have been created by a rural employer after a sharp increase in their order books.

Over the last few week's Belle Engineering, whose factory is situated in the rural village of Sheen, have created more than 30 new job opportunities along with three trainees.

The vacancies have included welders and experienced CNC machine operators. The number of people employed at the Sheen factory is currently 146. This number will be raised to 159 once an additional 10 workers and the three trainees have joined the company.

Orders have been arriving for the firm's equipment which includes cement mixers, rammers, plate compactors and some rollers.

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Managing director Ray Neilson said: "The UK housing market is now showing the first green shoots since 2008 and this is and will lead to higher sales in the UK on all the products we produce at our Sheen factory in the Peak district".

Mr Neilson said the international market was still tough but good progress was being made in some countries with the Middle-East easing and a little improvement in Ireland.

Leader of Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Sybil Ralphs, who also has the responsibility for regeneration on the authority, welcomed the creation of jobs at the rural business.

She said: "I am delighted that a successful and well run company such as Belle Engineering is continuing to develop and thrive in the Moorlands.

"It is great to see an established company being able to expand and take on more staff and it is further evidence that confidence is returning and that Staffordshire Moorlands remains an excellent place to do business."

District councillor for the Manifold Ward, Jason Hails, said it was very pleasing to see a rural based company expanding and creating job opportunities.

He said: "Belle are bringing jobs to the district and the rural area which has had its knock backs especially when the Cheese factory closed in Hartington a few years ago.

"The parent company of the Sheen factory know the workforce is very good which must give them a lot of confidence.

"The country needs manufacturing businesses as we need to make things and it is great to see a Moorlands rural based company doing this."

The company successfully launched a number of new models at the UK's construction exhibition in May.

The models were unveiled at the PLANTWORX 2013 exhibition which was held at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire.


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