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Monday, 22 December 2014

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Brighter future for Flimby firm

A £2 million injection and a major new contract has turned around the fortunes of a Flimby company.

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THE FUTURE’S BRIGHT: Kevin Thompson, owner of Thompson Plant Hire, on Flimby’s Risehow Industrial Estate

Thompson Plant Hire, on the Risehow Industrial Estate, made staff redundant and shut the skip hire part of business at the height of the recession two years ago.

Now, in its 20th anniversary year, it is going from strength to strength.

It has won a contract to transport fuel to Iggesund Paperboard’s biomass plant at Siddick and now employs 60 people.

Kevin Thompson, company owner, said: “Our business has almost doubled and we are looking for more staff all the time, at the Port of Workington as drivers, and at our depot.”

The firm is looking to expand its Flimby base and has bought three acres of land. It plans to create new, larger offices.

Mr Thompson said the company had spent more than £2 million on specialist equipment that included a machine at the Port of Workington for unloading timber to chip and shred for the biomass plant.

He added that he was aware of the potential impact of his operations and vehicle movements on the local community.

He said: “We take these concerns very seriously. We have had complaints about noise at our premises, so we hired an independent noise consultant who reported that noise levels were within health and safety guidelines.

“We built a wooden barrier of logs around the perimeter nearest to Flimby to decrease noise levels there from machinery.

“We also put in a new untarred road from Flimby woods to decrease the number of wagons going through the village.”

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