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Ebac, in Newton Aycliffe, buys former Radius plant to build freezer division
A FAMILY-RUN freezer maker has revealed plans to move into a new factory as it looks to ramp up production and create hundreds of jobs.
Ebac, based in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, has taken on Radius Products' former plant to maintain its expansion.
The company, which makes water coolers, dehumidifiers and heat pumps, earlier this year bought Icetech Freezers and will move production of its Norfrost domestic freezer range from the Scottish Highlands to the Radius factory.
The firm employs about 200 people, but bosses hope to create another 100 jobs through the Icetech work and another 100 posts when it starts another project to make washing machines next year.
Radius, which makes pipes for utility companies, employed 68 workers at its County Durham factory but closed the site in 2011 and moved operations to Derbyshire.
Pamela Petty, Ebac managing director, said the building offered the perfect base to build on the company's expansion plans.
She said: “We are dedicated to manufacturing in the North-East, and this site will enable our growth.
“Aycliffe Business Park has been our home since 2010 and this site offers plenty of space to make the freezers.
“The production of dehumidifiers and water coolers will continue at our other factory, in Ketton Way, in Aycliffe, alongside the new washing machine line that is being installed.
“This expansion is part of our ongoing commitment to County Durham, we are investing in the future of manufacturing in the area and look forward to bringing more jobs.”
She said production equipment for Norfrost's range will be moved from its existing base in Castletown, in Northern Scotland, to the North-East using 100 trucks.
Earlier this year, Ebac revealed plans to make up to 100,000 washing machines, and it is believed the company will be the first British-based manufacturer since 2007, when Indesit moved production of Hotpoint machines to Italy.
The UK imports about four million washing machines every year, and Ebac launched the £7m venture to bring the process back to the UK, with £1m support from the Government's Regional Growth Fund.
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