A Hull business has been officially reopened after completing a multi-million pound expansion programme.
Humber Galvanizing Ltd installed the biggest galvanizing bath in Yorkshire as part of a project that has increased capacity by as much as 50 per cent.
The company also extended its yard and installed other new tanks at its site in Citadel Way. And the new-look premises were formally opened by East Hull MP Karl Turner last week.
General manager Richard Speake said: “This is a major investment that will have a significant impact on the business.
“It will increase both the number and size of the jobs we’re able to do and that extra capacity will also boost our turnover.
“It’s a project that will give us the infrastructure we need to ensure we’re 'Fit for the Future' and the kind of platform from which we can grow even stronger.”
Expansion of the site included major ground work to extend an existing pit for the new main bath, which measures 7.5m long, 1.2m wide and 2.7m deep.
Mr Speake added: “Our old bath wasn’t always big enough for some of the work that customers wanted and we’d have to send projects to one of our sister plants within the group.
“Now we have the size of bath that can cope with much longer lengths of steel and that will have fantastic implications for us moving forward.
“We’ve been at this site for 22 years and never up scaled before so we’ve moved with the times and it’s an historic moment for us. It’s also a commitment to the future of the business.”
Bike racer Jordan Rushby, who competes in the National Superstock 1000 Championship and is sponsored by Humber Galvanizing, was also at the opening ceremony.
Picture: Richard Speake (left) with Karl Turner MP during the official opening