Roofing manufacturer set to double workforce at new factory

A new manufacturing company, founded at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, is on track to grow from its new factory in Bromsgrove.

Founded by Managing Director Jake Broadhurst, Cardinal Steels specializes in the manufacture of steel siding and roofing for industrial and commercial customers across the UK and is already looking to double the workforce just a few weeks after the move to the new factory.

Broadhurst said: “We needed production areas and saw the Aston Road site in a newspaper advertisement in January. We got in touch with Ben Truslove at John Truslove and were able to look around a few hours later.

“We realized it was ideal, and we would have to go a long way to find something so good for our purposes. We closed the deal within a few days; Ben and the team moved very quickly to help us get it over with. “

Ben Truslove, co-director at John Truslove, has signed a lease with Cardinal Steels for the landlord UKF Group, whereby the manufacturing company will enter into a five-year lease for the 15,902 factory unit at 22 Aston Road in Bromsgrove, with a purchase option.

The building offers production and warehouse space as well as offices and is equipped with a five-ton rail crane.

The new company serves the industrial, commercial and agricultural industries, working on everything from stables and farm buildings to large business parks.

Broadhurst said, “There is great demand right now. Many of our competitors closed during Covid, leave staff, so we were able to pick up a lot of work early on. The biggest challenge is the shortage of steel, with so many manufacturers closing their doors last year, soaring the price of materials.

“We started with four people in the factory, but we are looking for more local people to recruit. We need another four or five skilled fabrication technicians to meet the demand. “

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