Econ to expand its operation with the development of new engineering facility

Gritter manufacturer, Econ, is to expand its operation further with the development of a new £7m engineering facility near Thirsk and create 50 new jobs.

The family owned-business, based in North Yorkshire has bought a 24-acre site at Sowerby, 11-miles from its headquarters in Ripon.

When completed, this new North Yorkshire base – which will be landscaped to minimise any impact on the environment – will house a 31,600 sq ft building featuring an area office, workshop, spray booth, brake test unit, underseal spray area, 20-bay maintenance compound and 18 inspection pits, reports Business Live. The site will be developed by Yorkshire-based Triton Construction, and will also include hard parking for the firm’s winter hire fleet.

The company expects that 50 jobs will be created when the site is due to be complete in Spring 2022.

Jonathan Lupton, Econ Engineering’s operations director, said: “Econ Thirsk marks another major milestone in our 52 year history, and one that demonstrates the strength of the company and dominance of the winter roads maintenance vehicles sector.

“Over the last few years our winter hire fleet has grown exponentially, and these gritters, which are leased to councils and highways authorities across the UK, will be housed at the new site. Here, during the summer months they will be serviced and readied for to return to clients in the autumn, ahead of winter setting in.

“Because the location of this new site is rural, we are ensuing that its impact on the surrounding area is mitigated by careful landscaping. Solar panels on the roof will also reduce our carbon footprint and running costs.”

Councillor Mark Robson, leader of Hambleton District Council, said: “I am delighted that Econ has chosen Sowerby for its expansion plans, bringing with it 50 jobs.

“They join a fast-growing group of businesses in the district which chose Hambleton because it offers a great location and connectivity along with the infrastructure needed to succeed.”

Phil Dyer, business development director for Triton, added: “We are pleased to start on site to deliver this turnkey solution for Econ Engineering for a new state of the art facility.

“With considerable expertise in transport industry construction, we are working alongside Econ to deliver a very specialist facility with civils work to minimise environmental impact.”

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