Jobs to be created as £1.8m invested in wire rod drawing complex in Scunthorpe
Bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has announced an investment in a new wire drawing facility in Scunthorpe.
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 20 Feb 2018
A luxury bed-maker has announced a major investment in a new facility in Scunthorpe which will lead to 22 new jobs being created.
Leeds-based Harrison Spinks Components 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 long-standing British company, with nearly 180 years of bed-making experience, already employs more than 600 people in West Yorkshire, and will use the Scunthorpe site 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.
Wire rod production.
The facility will produce around 400 tonnes of fine wire each week, which will be used for springs produced at Harrison Spinks' factory in Leeds, as well as being exported to countries including the United States.
In 2016 it made 1.15 billion bed springs, using more than half a million kilometres of wire.
Richard Essery, managing director of Harrison Spinks, said: "We have a long-established relationship with British Steel – the manufacturer provides the high-quality wire needed for our innovative spring technology.
"Partnering with British Steel to launch our new wire drawing facility in Scunthorpe not only means we can recycle all steel waste, creating a closed-loop production process, but also allows us to develop a higher grade wire quality, enabling us to produce industry-leading springs for our mattresses.
"The investment in this new wire drawing facility is part of our wider business strategy to become world leaders in sustainable mattress and comfort innovation.
"We look forward to working with British Steel moving forward in order to further expand the new wire drawing site with the help of additional investment, further boosting job creation in the region."
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Part of the £1.8 million investment in the new facility came through a £150,000 grant from North Lincolnshire Council's British Steel Support Fund and the authority has helped facilitate the move of Harrison Spinks' wire drawing machines to Scunthorpe.
Richards Sims, British Steel managing director for wire rod, said: "Quality and innovation are cornerstones of both companies' products so we’re delighted to strengthen our partnership with Harrison Spinks.
"By working together on product development and manufacturing, we’ll be able to further improve our wire rod grades and ensure end-users continue receiving the market-leading products synonymous with Harrison Spinks and British Steel."