Machining firm’s £1.5m investment

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Sheffield machining firm Barker Collins has invested £1.5m in new machines and training to keep up with the needs of modern manufacturing.

Grants from the Manufacturing Advisory Service and the GROW offshore wind programme will allow the Chapeltown firm to invest £1.2m in equipment.

The latest addition is a bed mill and a FARO measuring arm.

Further investment has been made through the mill’s CNC training programme and the firm also boasts new changing rooms and a canteen.

Managing director, Chris Carter, said: “We are trying to engage with a younger audience in order to build a dynamic team.

“Our aim is to create an engineering department that offers training across a range of disciplines and skills, whilst offering mentoring and support to our next generation of engineers.

“This investment demonstrates Barker Collins’ commitment to sustainable growth; safeguarding jobs and providing new job opportunities within the local community.

“The training programme plus a recent company restructure are improvements that will help to create a strong ethos and instil pride amongst the workforce.

“But our investment doesn’t stop there.

“Work has also been undertaken in order to improve employee facilities including new changing rooms and a canteen.

“Barker Collins is proud of its heritage and reputation as a leading CNC machining company, offering innovative thinking through traditional skills, and state-of-the-art machinery.

“The ongoing investment will pave the way for success and provide growth.”