Expansion brings new jobs to Ebbw Vale factory

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Expansion brings new jobs to Ebbw Vale factory

Manufacturer Express Contract Drying dramatically increases capacity with extension.

An Ebbw Vale factory has undergone a major expansion and created new jobs with help from NatWest.

Express Contract Drying, which manufactures colourings and flavourings for the food and pharmaceutical industries, has installed new machinery and taken on 18 more staff.

The company opened its plant on the Rassau Industrial Estate in 2001. Managing director David McDermott has invested £3m in the site in the past three years, building an extension to accommodate the new equipment, which has significantly increased the plant’s capacity.

Now the firm has capacity across its two sites to manufacture nine tonnes a day of its products, including flavourings for crisps, cereals, bakery goods and soup.

The latest machine to be installed in Ebbw Vale is a micro-encapsulation machine, which takes the moisture out of food products, leaving behind a flavouring or colour in powder form.

It has been designed by Mr McDermott, and took around two years to go from drawing board to operation.

“It’s a good time to invest in Ebbw Vale,” he said. “We’re an international business, not just one which sells on our doorstep, and with the improvements in the road network around Blaenau Gwent we are going to be very well connected. For instance, we’ll be able to get to Birmingham in about an hour. There will be no reason why this area won’t be as attractive to business as the South West currently is.”

NatWest relationship director Graham Harvey said: “Manufacturing has long been the lifeblood of the Gwent valleys and it’s great to support a business which is creating new jobs and investing in the area. We wish Express Contract Drying every success and look forward to continuing to support Mr McDermott and his workforce in the future.”

 

 

The company opened its plant on the Rassau Industrial Estate in 2001. Managing director David McDermott has invested £3m in the site in the past three years, building an extension to accommodate the new equipment, which has significantly increased the plant’s capacity.

 

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