Tanker builder steps up a gear

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Petrol tanker manufacturer Road Tankers Northern is creating 20 jobs and investing in new machinery to help it grow its UK and international markets.

The company, which is based at Hoyland, near Barnsley and is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, has become a leader in its field, making tankers for many fuel distributors.

With demand outstripping capacity, RTN needed to invest substantially in additional equipment to boost production at its 45,000 sq ft factory, where facilities include five overhead cranes, three large tank and fitting workshops and space for storing road tankers and chassis.

Now the company has secured vital backing for its plans from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, with assistance from Barnsley Development Agency.

Road Tankers Northern’s chairman and managing director, Frank Newell, said: “This is tremendous news not only for Road Tankers Northern, but also for Barnsley. This now means we can fast-forward our expansion plans, creating desperately needed high quality manufacturing jobs in the Barnsley area.”

Barnsley East Labour MP, Michael Dugher, said: “I know there is great potential for the company to expand further, invest in the local economy and create sustainable private sector employment in the area.”