An automotive component manufacturing company in Rugby held a groundbreaking event to mark the start of construction at its new UK headquarters which are due to open in spring 2014.
Automotive Insulations (AI) are currently based at the Somers Road industrial estate in Rugby, but are expanding to the new site at Coton Park on the outskirts of town to accommodate additional staff and equipment. The 65,000 sq ft site will almost triple the space that the company currently has.
The groundbreaking took place on October 25 and was attended by Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby, as well as senior management from Automotive Insulations, developers Hamdon Gate and contractors Winvic Construction.
The move comes as Automotive Insulations celebrate the most successful year in their 47 year history. The company has opened two overseas sites over the past year and has also moved to 24 hour working for the first time to meet increased demand from the automotive industry. The company anticipate employing around 200 people at the new site when it opens.
MP Mark Pawsey was at the groundbreaking to celebrate the company’s success. “It’s great to see a local company expanding and taking this bold initiative which is set to create jobs in the area,” he comments. “Having been closely involved in local planning, I know how important it is to help businesses like this to expand. Standing still in business isn’t an option and it’s important to keep moving forward. AI is competing on a national and global basis and I am delighted that by responding to their need to grow, the company and the employment it provides has been retained here in Rugby.“
AI’s directors Jim Griffin and Kevin Westwood were also on site to witness the groundbreaking. “This is a major step forward for all of us at AI. It is a very proud moment in the history of the company,” explains Managing Director Jim Griffin. “All the staff are working hard behind the scenes to keep the project on track and to make it our new home in 2014. Mark Pawsey has also been a big support during this project and has always been very supportive of our business.”
Automotive Insulations (www.autins.co.uk) develop and manufacture products to manage sound and temperature across the automotive, marine and industrial sectors. Their clients include several international car manufacturers.