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Staff get ready to move into £2.9m building

The construction of a Workington engineering firm’s £2.9 million facility is almost complete.

TIS CUMBRIA DIRECTORS: Tony O’Pray, left, and John Bragg

TIS Cumbria has secured £850,000 to support an expansion of its Derwent Drive site that will help create 70 new jobs.

John Bragg, joint director of TIS Cumbria, said that only the offices in the new 54,000 sq ft building were still to be completed and work was 10 to 12 weeks away from being finished.

The development includes a rig hall, manufacturing space with three overhead cranes and a radiography unit for use in the nuclear, oil and gas industries.

Mr Bragg said staff would start moving in within the next month.

The company received a £700,000 grant from Britain’s Energy Coast under the Investing in Business scheme. It followed a £150,000 grant in 2011.

Mr Bragg added: “It’s going to be a big year for us.”

The expansion will see new jobs in machining, fabricating, welding, fitting and managerial positions.

The firm’s current premises on Derwent Drive will become an engineering technology centre to train apprentices.

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