Jobs boost at £5m new foundry

Weir Minerals Europe receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise at the foundry in Todmorden. Pictured are Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe, with CEO Keith Cochrane and MD Tony Locke.
Weir Minerals Europe receive the Queen's Award for Enterprise at the foundry in Todmorden. Pictured are Lord Lieutenant Dr Ingrid Roscoe, with CEO Keith Cochrane and MD Tony Locke.
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A business is celebrating winning a prestigious award and the opening of new facilities which have created dozens of jobs.

Weir Minerals Europe Ltd, which manufactures pumps and equipment used by industrial businesses around the world, was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the second time during a special ceremony at its Halifax Road base in Todmorden, attended by employees, civic guests and members of the local community.

And the ribbon was cut to officially open the £5m extension to its foundry, which will help the company to meet more international demand for its products and services.

Tony Locke, managing director of Weir Minerals Europe Ltd, said it was a great honour to accept the award in the year the company celebrates its 120th anniversary in Todmorden.

“We are extremely lucky to have such an enthusiastic workforce and without their continued hard work we would not be achieving this award,” he said.

“The ethos of the team is exceptional and ensures we are well placed to meet the challenges of today.

“Being part of Todmorden’s heritage means a lot to the company and we look forward to working closely with our friends here in the community for years to come.”

Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire, Dr Ingrid Roscoe, who presented the award, said: “What you have here is priceless.

“It’s such a delight to come back and celebrate this tremendous company.”