60 jobs created by windows firm

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Windows, doors and shower enclosures manufacturer Ellbee is moving its operations from Leeds to Barnsley and creating up to 60 new jobs.

The company, which supples the caravan, holiday home, DIY and home improvements markets and includes DIY giant Wickes among its customers, is moving from three factories in Leeds.

Its new base will be the 205,000 sq ft Nexus 36 unit at Ashroyd Business Park, close to Junction 36 of the M1, which is part of the recently approved Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.

Part of Ellbee’s existing workforce will transfer from Leeds.

The total number of new jobs being created in Barnsley is not yet known but is expected to be in the region of 60, in a total workforce of about 200.

Vacancies will be across the board from fabricators to customer service and operations management staff. Barnsley Development Agency is assisting Ellbee with the move, which is expected to be completed by February.

Ellbee’s managing director Nigel Smailes said the new base would provide a platform from which to grow the business in its existing markets and in new sectors, like the new homes market.

Mr Smailes said: “We’ve invested heavily over recent years to reduce costs and improve response times for our customers, but operating from three old sites does compromise absolute efficiency.

“We carefully considered a number of different sites for relocation. The unit in Barnsley allows us to bring all our operations under one roof and lay processes out in straight lines to improve productivity.

“We also chose the site for its excellent transport links, especially to the East Coast, and because being based there gives us access to a pool of skilled local staff.”

Barnsley Council spokeswoman for Development, Environment and Culture, Coun Linda Burgess, said: “We are delighted to welcome Ellbee to Barnsley.

“The new factory will provide an excellent and accessible facility for further growth which will include a range of recruitment opportunities for the local area.

“Barnsley Council’s Economic Development Team, Barnsley Development Agency, is working closely with Ellbee to help the company settle into the area.”

Ellbee was established 65 years ago and lays claim to being the UK’s leading maker of uPVC and aluminium products in its sector. The company is owned by the $1.5 billion, US-based, building products group Euramax Holdings.

In addition to Wickes, clients include caravan and holiday home companies Willerby, ABI, Carnaby, Atlas and Swift.