Engineering firm sees success at Sunderland plant

l to r: Cllr Harry Trueman, deputy leader, Sunderland City Council and Michael Binnie, area manager of Welding Engineers.

Engineering firm sees success at Sunderland plant

An engineering company has won a contract to work with up to 1400 high street stores across the country, following growth and job creation at its Sunderland plant.

Welding Engineers, which makes industrial doors, security gates and fencing, has been enlisted to work with Superdrug, Savers and The Perfume Shop throughout the UK.

The contract, won via a facilities management partner, will see the firm offering a repair and installation service in the event of break-ins, breakdowns and upgrades at the stores.

It comes during a period of sustained growth for the plant on Washington’s Parsons Industrial Estate.

Welding Engineers, a national business headquartered in Glasgow, opened its North East operation in 2009 and this year expects it to generate £2m in sales – up from £1.5m in 2016 and £1.75m last year.

The company is set to add further staff to its current 24-strong Sunderland team this year, and has also launched a new apprentice scheme to bring fresh talent into the business.

As part of a wider group, the plant covers the entire North East region and runs the national shop-front division of the company.

North East area manager Michael Binnie said: “We have always aimed for controlled growth rather than rapid expansion and this approach seems to have paid off. We see lots of opportunities in the retail sector, despite its current challenges, and are also investing in new equipment to step up our capabilities in steel fabrication – an area of growing demand.

“Our ongoing success will depend hugely on the talented team we have built up in Washington and on bringing new skills into the business. The new apprenticeship in fabricating and welding will be an important part of this.”

The growth of Welding Engineers’ North East operation has been supported by Sunderland City Council’s business investment team.

Councillor Henry Trueman, deputy leader of Sunderland City Council, said: “Welding Engineers is a great manufacturing success story that has managed to achieve continual growth since its move to Sunderland in 2009.

“It is particularly encouraging to see it investing in new skills for the future, while also creating jobs and diversifying its business.”

As well as its Washington plant, Welding Engineers has five regional UK operations – in Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester.