A Welsh glazing manufacturer is expanding and relocating to larger premises in a move that will create and safeguard 25 jobs.
Treforest Glass, which currently employs more than 40 people, is moving to a new 52,745 sq ft factory on a 2.3acre site in Tonyrefail after securing funding from the Welsh Government.
The company is investing £1.3m in the move, which includes the purchase and fit of the premises and new equipment and has received £80,000 from the Welsh Government’s Growth & Prosperity Fund.
Treforest Glass was started in 1986 to offer glazing services to clients across South Wales but was acquired by the present owners in 2006.
Following the recession of 2010, when a number of glazing companies went out of business, they began targeting more opportunities to produce manufactured sealed glass units for specialised niche markets.
The company has since grown considerably and now produces high specification acoustic units used by hotels to help with sound proofing and units for listed buildings and restoration projects. Manufacturing now accounts for more than 80% of turnover with customers throughout the UK.
Treforest has now reached full capacity at its current base and needed larger premises with height to accommodate an overhead crane. This move will enable it to supply larger units and improve manufacturing productivity making it more competitive and cost effective.
Economy secretary Ken Skates said: “Treforest Glass has found a niche market in what is a highly competitive industry and this significant investment will enable the company to expand, target new markets and create jobs.
“The Growth & Prosperity Fund forms part of the Business Confidence Plan announced after the Brexit vote to ensure business in Wales had access to funding to enable them to grow and create jobs and I am pleased it is doing just that.”
Peter Zehetmayr from Treforest Glass said: “We have continually developed and produced new products in line with current market trends which has helped drive business growth.
“To maintain that competitive edge it was essential to move into larger premises which will open up new opportunities and enable us to meet the growing demand for our specialist products.
“Support from the Welsh Government meant we are able to do this sooner rather than later and I look forward to be able to offer job and training opportunities for young people in the area.”
The move will create 10 new jobs and safeguard a further 15.