Aston hydraulic manufacturing company HydraForce, which celebrated 25 years in Birmingham last year, received £1.8 million from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund in July, following an analysis of the market which found potential demand for new products if the firm had more capacity.
This privately owned, high-quality precision manufacturer designs and makes hydraulic equipment and assemblies – hydraulic cartridge valves, manifolds and electro-hydraulic controls – for agricultural and construction industries across Europe and Asia.
Hydraforce plans to move its factory and staff in August to larger premises (120,000 sq ft) near its St Stephens Street building. Managing director Peter Macdonald said the firm wants to stay close to its current site in order to retain its staff. In fact it will be recruiting: the factory is expected to employ 500 staff when it opens in summer.
In order to meet its need for people with the right skills, Hydraforce has a well-established apprenticeship programme and is working to establish a graduate placement scheme.
It will be the first tenant of Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub, one of six economic zones: advanced manufacturing; business & professional services; creative & digital media; life sciences; food & drink; IT, electronics & communications.
Construction work has started and the Homes and Communities Agency, which is sponsored by the Department for Communities and Local Government and owns most of the land at the AMH, will move the entire business and staff to its new premises.
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