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Tuesday, 22 July 2014

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Workington firm plans £2m new factory

Plans have been lodged for a £2 million expansion of a Workington engineering firm.

TIS Cumbria Ltd, which currently has premises on Derwent Drive and Isabella Road, wants permission from Allerdale council for a 28,000 sq ft, two-storey workshop, next to its Derwent Drive site.

The new building would bring all its operations to one place and, if approved, should be built by the end of this year.

It was revealed in October that the firm had bought 0.86 hectares of former steelworks land from Cumbria County Council for the project.

It is planning a major expansion in its workforce from 50 staff to more than 80, including 30 apprentices.

Objections against the application have been raised by Cumbria Wildlife Trust and Butterfly Conservation Cumbria which said there could be populations of blue butterfly and common lizards on the site.

TIS said ecologists have investigated the site to ensure no wildlife are affected.

Tony O’Pray, managing director, said: “It will be the first new engineering shop of this capacity to be purpose built in West Cumbria for almost 30 years. To grasp the opportunities that are going to be available, we must have high-class facilities to manufacture to a high standard.”

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