£1.8m investment by bed maker in Scunthorpe welcomed as 'great news' for the area

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 22 Feb 2018

An investment by a luxury bed maker in a new facility in Scunthorpe has been welcomed by council bosses as "great news" for North Lincolnshire.

Leeds-based manufacturer Harrison Spinks announced on Tuesday that it is investing £1.8 million on a new wire drawing facility on the British Steel site, making use of a 40,000 sq ft building.

The company, which already employs more than 600 people at its sites in Leeds, will use the building to house two wire drawing lines, which are set to be installed at the end of April.

The lines will then be used to draw ultra-fine wire used to manufacture the firm's pocket springs, using steel rod from British Steel.

Initially, nine jobs will be created through the venture, with another 13 to follow as part of plans the firm has to install a further six wire drawing lines at the site.

Part of the money for the investment came through a £150,000 grant from North Lincolnshire Council's British Steel Support Fund and the council has helped to facilitate the move of Harrison Spinks' wire drawing machines to Scunthorpe.

Council leader Rob Waltham said: "This is terrific news for North Lincolnshire as we welcome another top brand to the area.


Wire rod being manufactured at the British Steel works in Scunthorpe

"I'm delighted the council was able to play its part in helping to facilitate Harrison Spinks’ expansion plans.

"The North Lincolnshire British Steel Support Fund has supported another business to relocate into the area.

"Our fantastic location and first class workforce presents North Lincolnshire as an ideal place for potential investors.

"The fund provides finance to businesses in North Lincolnshire that will create new jobs and develop business growth and diversification of existing businesses and attract new jobs through inward investment."

When fully operational, the new facility will produce around 400 tonnes of fine wire each week.

It will be used for springs produced at Harrison Spinks' factory in Leeds, as well as being exported to countries including the United States for lightweight springs to be used in mattresses.



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