Engineering firm set for Halifax relocation

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A leading global engineering company in turbocharger technology has identified a site at Ainley Top for a proposed new manufacturing facility.

Cummins Turbo Technology conducted an extensive search to identify a site that would allow it to maintain its presence in the local area and improving its operations and supply chain capabilities.

Cummins will submit a planning application to Calderdale Council next month after holding a public consultation where the local community will be invited to learn additional details about Cummins’ plans.

The event will be held at the Cedar Court hotel in Ainley Top on September 3 from 3pm to 8pm.

On completion of the proposed new facility, with will measure 18,600 square metres, approximately 400 jobs, currently based at their St Andrew’s Road site in Huddersfield, will relocate to the new plant.

Mark Prior, Huddersfield Turbo Plant Transformation Director, said: “We currently employ 50,000 people worldwide and have a turnover of $19 billion.

“We employ 1,000 people in Huddersfield so we are a big employer in the region.

“The reason we decided to build a new site for manufacturing was because our current site in Huddersfield needs a new roof, new fire protection and other upgrades.

“We considered about 15 possible sites but the one at Ainley Top was chosen.

“There will be around 400 employees moving to the site and we expect the build to take about a year to complete and then another year to complete the move.

“The new plant will allow us to continue with our investment plans, and ensure we continue to deliver our high standards of service to meet the needs of customers and employees alike.

“We look forward to discussing this proposal with our many stakeholders and prospective neighbours.

“We want to build a world class plant and it’s really important we safeguard jobs in the region and invest in manufacturing in the region.”