A £1.1 million expansion of a factory in Brandon, which officially opened today, is set to create 80 new jobs.
Park homes and luxury lodge manufacturer Omar Group and Forest Heath District Council joined forces to extend the building in London Road, each investing more than £500,000 into the project.
The move will allow Omar to increase its production capacity by 50 percent and means it can increase its workforce from 367 to 447.
Dean Westmoreland, Group Chief executive of Omar Group, said: “By investing in this site we have also been able to demonstrate our commitment to Brandon.
“We believe we have a bright future and thank the council for their vision and on going support.
“I am delighted that the new factory is now up and running and look forward to welcoming over 80 new members to the Omar team.”
Councillor Stephen Edwards, Forest Heath’s Cabinet member for Resources and Performance, said: “The opening of this factory is a fantastic achievement for all involved.
“For the council, it means that we have been able to invest in our commercial property portfolio to help a local company achieve its ambitions and create more than 80 jobs, adding to the current workforce of 367 people it employed. “Not only that, we have also negotiated a new lease, the income from which will go towards supporting the future costs of our services to our communities.
“For Omar it means further growth and sales can be achieved , and most importantly, it has safeguarded its future in the local area.”