A Birmingham components maker is to create 220 jobs after moving into a new £10 million plant.
The firm now plans to almost double its workforce to 500 in the next three years after relocating to the 120,000 sq ft purpose-built facility.
The three-story building has production and testing areas on the ground floor, engineering and sales offices, and training areas on the first and second floors.
Peter MacDonald, UK managing director, said the company would take occupancy in this month as planned.
“Our move is right on schedule with no interruption in production,” he added.
HydraForce’s investment in the new premises came after securing £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.
The new facility adds 75,000 sq ft of manufacturing capacity, meaning the firm can meet demand for electrohydraulic cartridge valves and other products for the European market.
The Advanced Manufacturing Hub, at Aston Hall Road, is one of six economic zones identified by Birmingham City Council.
Tony Casale, vice president of sales and marketing worldwide, said: “Our facility in Birmingham will improve speed to market throughout Europe.
“This is important to our growth in the region as more than 80 per cent of the product we build in Birmingham is exported.”
Mr MacDonald said work was afoot to recruit skilled new staff on the back of the expansion.
He said: “Attracting the right people with the right skills at the right time is an on-going challenge, but we have a well-established apprenticeship programme and strong links with higher education.
“Being located in the Advanced Manufacturing Hub can help our recruitment strategy,” said Mr MacDonald.
He added: “Many of our staff have been with us for years, and we value their knowledge and expertise. The Advanced Manufacturing Hub was the ideal site for us because it’s logistically well placed.”
The announcement is the second jobs boost in as many days after automotive supplier Sertec revealed it was to create hundreds of jobs following a £20 million funding deal