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William Hare creating 100 new jobs following £10m investment
William Hare is creating more than 100 new jobs at its site in Risca, following an investment of over £10m.
The steel fabrication company has made the investment during the past 12 months, which has involved the acquisition and development of the Risca site, with the Welsh Government providing £350,000 to support the company’s plans. This includes expanding the facilities, improving manufacturing capabilities, creating apprenticeships and using local suppliers.
William Hare is part of the William Hare Group – an international organisation, providing bespoke, value-engineered steel solutions to innovative construction projects worldwide. The company is the largest independent steel fabricator in the UK and currently employs over 1,700 people worldwide.
David Hodgkiss, chief executive of William Hare Group, said: “As a business, we pride ourselves on our ability to quickly meet the changing requirements of our clients. The acquisition and investment of the Risca facility will continue to improve productivity, meeting our client’s needs through creating local jobs and supporting other businesses in the area.”
The creation of more than 100 new jobs will happen over the next two years. The recruitment will see the company’s workforce grow significantly at its Risca site, which currently has 23 employees.
Ken Skates, minister for economy, transport and North Wales, added: “I’m delighted the Welsh Government is supporting William Hare Limited’s plans to grow in Risca, securing jobs and creating new ones. As a government, we have demonstrated over many years how we are a steadfast supporter of the steel industry and today’s announcement is proof of that.
“This is an important company in the region and the creation of new jobs is a real boost for the area and its people. William Hare is a great example of the types of companies we want to champion in Wales and demonstrates the business behaviours the Welsh Government is trying to drive through our Economic Action Plan and Economic Contract.”