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Steel stockholder Barrett Steel could be poised to create new jobs after investing £500,000 in boosting the capacity and cutting lead times at its C Roberts plant on Rotherham’s Eastwood Trading Estate.

The company has installed a new CNC drilling and thermal cutting line, capable of processing plates up to 200mm thick.

The plates are used by companies making bridges and viaducts, agricultural, earth moving and mining machinery and using heavy structural steel in other applications.

Branch manager Tom Barrett says the new line makes it quicker and easier to cut intricate shapes out of plate, as well as tapping holes, marking, pointing, milling and hard stamping.

It was “an excellent bolt-on” for the firm’s stockholding and cutting facilities, he said, adding: “As well as cutting lead times the line should be more efficient, saving our customers both time and money.”