New jobs have been created by a Wolverhampton engineering firm which has doubled its order book to £20 million in a year.
Bosses of Parkburn Precision Handling Systems, which specialises in marine engineering, have said the first stage of a recruitment drive has been a success.
The company, which has its base in Hamilton, Scotland, but has an operation in Wolverhampton, brought in consultancy Network Recruitment Partnership, also based in the city, to find design and service engineers along with skilled fitters, project managers and draughtsmen.
Parkburn, which employs 75 people, mainly sells into the offshore, oil industry and naval markets. It supplies equipment to the Royal Navy and those of the US, Pakistan, Greece, Australia and Japan.
The company markets itself as a one-stop source for all commercial, marine, offshore and naval handling system requirements, including cable and pipe handling, seismic and oceanographic equipment, drives and controls, mine hunting and mine sweeping technology.
Parkburn’s Wolverhampton base was once Dowty Precision Handling Systems and it includes a major fabrication facility.
General manager Simon Griffiths said Wolverhampton had once been largely limited to telephone cable laying equipment but when Parkburn acquired it in 2002 new markets opened up.
He added: “There are three particular growth areas at the moment.
“We have a big project on for servicing deep water wellheads, we are involved in diving bell handling systems and we have a lot of work on carousels for laying cable for offshore wind farms.
“We don’t employ hundreds but we do require highly skilled engineers and fitters. They are not always easy to find and that is why we turned to Network Recruitment Partnership.
“They have provided a number of people to help move our business forward, and the recruits have settled in well. But we still need more.”
Robert Wigley, a director of NRP, said: “We were approached by Parkburn towards the end of last year and asked to deliver a strategic recruitment programme that would assist short and long term business objectives.
“And I am really pleased we have been able to help achieve their recruitment goals for the first stage of the programme. The future looks exceptionally bright for Parkburn and their on-going recruitment requirements. It should mean more jobs for the region at a time when the West Midlands badly needs them.”
Parkburn’s global customer base is backed by support centres worldwide.
Mr Griffiths added: “Deploying and retrieving umbilicals and cables offshore is a complex task made even more so by the industry’s move into ever deeper waters and today’s time constraints. You need to get it right first time.
“We also supply a range of winches, power packs, hydraulic motors and pumps for the purposes of mine hunting and mine sweeping. This equipment has been proven in service and has a heritage which is unmatched in its field.”