MORE than 100 new jobs are to be created after a major Olympic supplier firm announced a move to a Chorley industrial estate.
Production Glassfibre will be manufacturing the moulds required to make specialist diving boards for the London 2012 Olympics at state-of-the-art premises at Buckshaw Village.
The move is expected to create more than 100 new jobs and the company has already promised the jobs will be ring-fenced for local people.
Coun Peter Goldsworthy, leader of Chorley Council, said: “It really is fabulous news that Production Glassfibre is to create its headquarters here and will be looking to recruit locally as the business develops.
“This is the latest prestigious company to move into Buckshaw Village and follows in the footsteps of Kimberly Clark which announced its move to the area over the summer creating 140 new jobs.”
Production Glassfibre is the UK’s largest moulder of Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) and its products are used in industries such as health care, defence, construction and architecture, water and sewage, house building and motorsport – as well as Olympic diving boards.
Group managing director Steve Grossi said: “We are pleased to be coming to Chorley, it is the next major step in our development.
“It is an opportunity to create state-of-the art facilities using the very latest manufacturing techniques with the local skills to have the site operate as our headquarters and the base for all research and development and technical development.
“We will be bringing existing staff and recruiting 15 new staff initially, however, this is likely to increase to 110 as research and development is brought to Chorley.”
The company has proved a huge success story since starting as a small operation run from a church building with just five employees.
It then went on to supply major industries in Scotland.
Over the past six years it has acquired three other businesses in Blackburn, Bedford and Skelmersdale which has seen it expand its product and client portfolio.
Now the company employs 250 people and has a European wide reputation for its products.
“It will occupy four units at Buckshaw Link to complete the manufacture of the diving boards for the 2012 Olympics – a project it has been working on for the last 12 months.
Coun Goldsworthy added: “Buckshaw Village is the ideal location for new business with its fantastic new premises and excellent transport links and we will do our utmost to help and support any new business to the area.”