Major £5m investment in local engineering firms opens new 2019 opportunities

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Three specialised (Lincolnshire) engineering firms have announced significant investment and expansion plans for 2019.

Thanks to £5 million of investment in new equipment and skills, Eminox Limited, Hooton Engineering and CWM Automation, all part of the Hexadex Group, created nearly 70 jobs and supported 14 apprenticeships in 2018.

The businesses, all based in Gainsborough, but operating nationally and internationally, plan to increase these numbers further in 2019.

The three companies have been able to expand and diversify following significant investment, backed by Hexadex.

Currently, the companies have a workforce totalling 430 people.

On the back of its growing order book, Eminox has invested over £4 million in new equipment and staff training to continue the ongoing expansion of the company.

Hooton Engineering plans to double its growth in 2019 and will be expanding to a new, larger site on North Warren Road, Gainsborough.

CWM Automation joined the Hexadex Group in October 2018. Having outgrown its current site, it will also be relocating to new premises that are nearly three times larger in 2019.

Mark Runciman, Managing Director for Eminox, said: “By investing in our staff and future generations, we can make sure we train them to meet our unique and high standards in a more efficient way.

“As one of the largest employers in Gainsborough, we want to make sure that we recruit locally for both new positions and apprenticeships, to support the Lincolnshire economy and provide a unique experience for those who join the company.”

David Meadows, Managing Director for Hooton Engineering added: “Our staff are our number one investment and that’s why we make sure we train them up. We have so many opportunities that we can offer, including travelling to various locations in the UK and Europe to work on site.

“Due to the unique work we do on behalf of our customers, every day is different and offers new challenges. It is an industry where you can put your creativity to the test.”

Mick Williams Managing Director for CWM Automation, said: “Due to the rapid growth we are experiencing we will be moving into larger premises in 2019.

“Becoming part of the Hexadex Group has meant that we can now expand the business further and enter new fields – and with that comes the opportunity for new jobs.”