600 new jobs are to be created in Barton-upon-Humber after the booming firm Wren Kitchens announced a £40m expansion.
The kitchen producer is to open a state-of-art manufacturing facility on its 750,000 sq m site off Falkland Way to keep up with customer demand.
The new jobs to be created between now and 2017 will be across manufacturing, engineering, IT, customer services and training.
Currently the site – known as The Nest – is used as the company’s head office, for warehousing and logistics.
To make way for the new plant, Wren announced it intends to clear warehouse stock and sell £5m worth of furniture at up to 70 per cent off.
Already 429 people are employed on the site which was taken over in 2013 from the American firm of Kimberly-Clark.
Factories in Howden and Scunthorpe, where there are already over 1000 people employed, are also expanding and a recruitment drive has begun for a further 150 full-time positions.
Wren’s Finance Director, Mark Pullan, said: “Wren was set up in 2009 as we believed there was a gap in the market for high quality kitchens at sensible prices.
The company is able to offer this because it owns the entire supply chain, it manufactures its own products, it sells the products through its own retail stores and it delivers on its own fleet of vehicles. There are no middlemen and all of the savings we make are passed on to the consumer.
Since we established the business it has grown relatively quickly. Company sales now exceed quarter of a billion pounds and the company employs 2,491 people of which 1,352 are employed in the Humber Region.
The company has experienced unprecedented sales growth since Christmas and over the next few years will be looking to almost triple the number of retail showrooms in the UK from 54 to 150. As a result the company is now converting its 750,000 sq ft facility at Barton Upon Humber into a manufacturing plant.
The site currently houses the Company’s head office functions and is the National Customer Service Centre. The business already employs 428 people at the site but with the move to convert the site into a manufacturing centre it is anticipated that over 1,000 people will be employed at Wren’s site within the next two to three years. Alongside the developments at Barton there will be an expansion of the operations at both Howden and Scunthorpe and a further 150 full time positions are currently being recruited for at these sites.
As a local business we are delighted to be able to create more manufacturing jobs in the Humber Region. It is particularly pleasing that we are able to bring manufacturing back to the site at Barton Upon Humber, as the factory was originally built as a manufacturing plant for Kimberly Clark who at their peak were employing approximately 500 staff on this site.”