New temporary power and cooling products factory will employ 400 people with 110 new jobs
Prime Minister David Cameron visited Aggreko’s new factory in Lomondgate, Dumbarton, Scotland on Friday and voiced his support for the work done in creating new jobs.
The FTSE 100 firm has built its reputation on provision of temporay power and climate control in over 100 countries and is the exclusive supplier of temporary energy services for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games.
Mr Cameron said: “Aggreko is an important British business doing three important things. Firstly it is making things. For too long the UK has relied on revenue coming from only one corner of Britain. We are a skilled and productive country and we need to use these qualities to grow our manufacturing output. Aggreko is also heavily investing in Dumbarton and bringing real opportunity to local people here, including the local employment of young people who otherwise might find it hard to secure work. 95 per cent of what Aggreko does, brings in international revenue. Britain needs to export itself out of this recession and Aggreko is leading the way. I would also like to offer my congratulations to Aggreko and its workers for securing the London Olympics contract. It is great to see the event bringing great opportunities to local British businesses.”
The new facility will be officially opened by HRH the Princess Royal at the end April 2012. It will employ around 400 people, including the creation of 110 new jobs designing, developing and manufacturing power generators and temperature control equipment to be deployed by Aggreko around the world.
Over the last three years, Aggreko has created over 2000 jobs worldwide, of which 150 have been in Scotland and 230 in total in the UK, the company said.
The company said it will support 40 venues in London for the Olympics contract, using over 500 generators and will supply 225 MW of power through more than 1,000 kilometres of cable.
Rupert Soames, CEO of Aggreko said: “As a result of the welcome success Aggreko has achieved over recent years we made the decision to expand our manufacturing capacity to keep up with demand from our customers. Having looked at numerous possibilities overseas we decided to stay in –Scotland, and in our home town of Dumbarton. By investing over £22 million, we have built a state-of-the-art facility which should cater for our needs for many years to come. We are honoured that the Prime Minister has taken the time to visit us and see a Scottish company which has rapidly grown employment and exports by making large capital investments in new fleet and facilities.”