£5 million expansion creates 50 new jobs

Posted on 09 Nov 2018 and read 427 times
£5 million expansion creates 50 new jobs Herefordshire-based KGD Industrial Services (www.kd.co.uk) — a specialist in the design and manufacture of packaged process plant, equipment and pressure vessels for the oil and gas, petrochemical, power generation and food industries — is creating 50 new jobs through a £5 million investment in a purpose-built facility at Hereford’s Skylon Park (in Hereford Enterprise Zone).

This is part of a long-term expansion drive that is expected to increase the company’s turnover to £20 million over the next five years.

The company was founded by Ken Davies in 1982 and currently employs 120 people.

The new assembly, testing, shot-blasting and painting plant (plus R&D centre) at Skylon will allow it to undertake larger projects for its global customer base and win contracts from new clients.

It will retain its existing facility at Rotherwas.

Mr Davies said: “We have expanded consistently since 1982, but that has meant we are being asked to build bigger and bigger packages, so we need more space.

“Skylon Park has given us a blank canvas to build exactly what we need, including workspace with 12m of headroom and an overhead crane capacity of 120 tonnes.

“Some of our existing customers have already given us more — and bigger — work as a result of the development, because they can see that we are now equipped to deal with much heavier systems.

"Even while the building work was taking place, Westfalia placed new contracts with us to work on centrifugal equipment for their pharmaceutical division, so we have developed one building at the new site to accommodate that work, which requires extra cleanliness.”

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