ARMSTRONG Fluid Technology officially opened its new Systems Manufacturing Centre at Pointon Way and announced a jobs and training boost for Droitwich and surrounding areas.
Armstrong Fluid Technology manufactures packaged heating, ventilation and air-conditioning solutions for the data centre, gas transmission, commercial, district energy and other markets.
The company announced its decision to relocate to Droitwich earlier this year.
Simon Parker, UK country lead for Armstrong Fluid Technology said: “This is an extremely proud day for our company.
“Armstrong’s success is in no small part due to the expertise and commitment of our Midlands team, and we are delighted to have retained our highly skilled and valued workforce when relocating to Droitwich.
“It gives us great pleasure to welcome our guests to the Droitwich Systems Manufacturing Centre today, to celebrate this milestone in our history. And we look forward to welcoming new employees and apprentices to join our workforce over the coming months.”
A steady increase in business in recent years has meant that the company’s operations outgrew its previous site in Halesowen.
The larger factory in Droitwich, with over 69,000 sq ft of space, an extensive warehouse, and specially-designed loading bays, will place the company in a stronger position for future growth.
With the relocation of operations now complete, representatives of the local government and business community were invited to join Armstrong customers and suppliers to celebrate the official opening of the new site.
Officiating to cut the ribbon was Jason Kee – Trade Commissioner of the High Commission of Canada.
Armstrong is also expanding its apprenticeship programme at Droitwich.
Six young people have already joined the programme in a range of technical and commercial roles.
Six additional places were announced at the event, to include an apprentice buyer, and an apprentice administrator.
The aim is that apprentices combine college courses with practical experience, and progress into permanent full-time roles with the company.
This route into employment has already been followed successfully in recent years.