New jobs as Cockermouth business invests in town base
Last updated at 14:04, Friday, 02 November 2012
A Cockermouth business has pledged its long-term commitment to the town by moving its manufacturing base back from Asia to its headquarters.
Planet Knox, based at the Derwent Mills Industrial Park, has invested £75,000 in the move from Vietnam.
The switch has already created five new jobs and the company has pledged to create more in the coming months.
The firm makes protective clothing for motorcyclists and mountain bikers and is developing new ranges for snowboarders and horse riders.
Geoff Travell, founder and managing director, said: “Bringing our manufacturing side back to Cockermouth has meant we are able to expand our facility and take more people on board.
“We are looking for new machinists, people who can process sales orders, administrators and graphic designers.”
The company has created the Knox Lab, which it has been working on for the last two years, and the manufacturing move means that 89 per cent of its products are now made in the UK.
The firm has been in Cockermouth for 13 years and employs 27 people.
Mr Travell said the switch meant they could supply products the next day rather than waiting for them to arrive from abroad.
He added: “This is massively important as it gives our workers a lot more job security.
“We are committed to increasing our capacity and product range.
“Technology, such as the internet, is moving much faster than five years ago and we need to react to the changing situation differently.
“It is vital for us to have our manufacturing base in the UK.”
The move has also allowed the company more floor space, because less storage is required. There is now a new show area for clients.
Mr Travell added: “We can be more flexible in terms of supply.
“It has been very positive for us and this change means we can make our products in the UK and then export them overseas.”
First published at 11:50, Friday, 02 November 2012
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
Have your say
Be the first to comment on this article!
Make your comment
- Panel chairman to stay on despite complaints
- Giving students the chance to learn in a new way
- Support group helps people make the forward steps in their lives
- Paranormal hunt at Workington theatre
- Fletcher dances for top role
- Jail for West Cumbria bottle attack man
- Two men deny data protection charges
- Lawyers team up for a new online venture
- Your chance to help shape town’s new £9m leisure centre
- Workington's Body Shop will close on June 8