Expansion of factory set to create nine jobs

Clifton Engineering at Morpeth.'REF 1411134240
Clifton Engineering at Morpeth.'REF 1411134240

Clifton Engineering has doubled the size of its factory in Morpeth, creating nine specialist engineering jobs as part of a £625,000 investment programme.

The expansion of the family firm’s Coopies Lane Industrial Estate factory to create 17,000sq ft of production space has been prompted by continued growth.

It supplies precision-machined component assemblies for power generation, automotive, oil and gas, food, aerospace and motor sports companies, some of them based overseas.

It was given help to find the funding it needed to expand by Arch, the Northumberland development company.

Clifton Engineering managing director Andrew Pearson said: “Our new factory was much needed as we had outgrown our existing base on the site and wanted to stay in Morpeth.

“Arch’s financial support has been invaluable in helping us achieve that ambition.

“It would have been very difficult to build the factory and fund all of the new machinery without its assistance.

“We are also delighted to have been able to create specialist, highly skilled jobs as a result.”

The business, founded in 1993, currently employs 35 staff, but is now about to increase that to 44.

Its turnover is expected to grow to £4million over the coming year.

Arch chairman Dave Ledger, also deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, said: “Clifton Engineering is a first-class business and we are delighted it has been able to double its operation and stay in Morpeth, thanks, in part, to our support.”

“The skilled engineering jobs, in addition to the company’s ongoing apprenticeship programme, is a tremendous boost to the county’s workforce.”

Clifton Engineering has a full order book, including exports to the US, Canada and Germany, but continues to look for new opportunities, in particular in the oil and gas, medical, aerospace and nuclear industries.

Its business model is unusual for an engineering company as it doesn’t only manufacture metal parts but also moulds polyurethane.

The company has a further conventional machine shop of 4,000sq ft floorspace to complement the technology and equipment in its main factory base.